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Hanna Hansdotter - Artists + Designers - Hostler Burrows

Artist and designer Hanna Hansdotter’s mold-blown glass sculptures and low-relief wall works ooze, slump, and bulge, their soft forms interrupted by the hard lines left behind by the casting process. Trained at the preeminent Swedish glass manufacturers at Kosta Boda Glass Center and the Orrefors National School of Glass, Hansdotter’s rebellious and individualistic vessels remain defiantly craft-oriented in their techniques. Over time, she has developed a practice of conceptual design overlaid with a punk sense of artistry, apparent in her sculptures’ warped and distorted silhouettes produced in the process of constraining hot glass within heavy iron frameworks. Once the metal cages are removed, the result is both high-gloss and heavily baroque, a merger of amorphous, fleshy forms and variegated surface embellishments. Today, Hansdotter works in Glasriket or “Glass Country,” the famed center of Sweden’s historic industrial glassblowing dating to 1742.

Hansdotter is the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and accolades, including the ELLE Decoration Design Awards, the Lauritz Craft Prize, and the Residence Arts & Crafts Award. In 2020, she received the Åke Andrén Grant in support of her exhibition Fading Prints at the Prins Eugen Waldemarsudde Museum. Since graduating in 2017 from Konstfack University of Arts, Craft and Design, Hansdotter’s work has frequently been exhibited within museums, including at the Gävle Art Center, Liljevalchs, and the Glazenhuis Flemish Centre for Contemporary Glass Art. Her sculptures are in the collections of the Röhsska Museum of Design and Craft, the Public Art Agency Sweden, The Glass Factory at Boda, and the National Museum in Stockholm.


b. 1984, Sweden

2017    Hot glass sculpting, CMOG, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
2017    BA, Konstfack University of Arts, Craft and Design, Stockholm, Sweden
2012    Technical glassblowing, Orrefors National School of Glass, Sweden
2010    Qualified glassblowing and cold working, Kosta Glass Center, Sweden

2020    Ornamental Abstractions Of Industrial Memories, Kulturcentrum Ronneby, Ronneby,
            Fading Prints, in association with Åke Andrén Grant, Prins Eugen Waldemarsudde,
            Stockholm, Sweden
            Rabbit Hole, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar, Sweden
            2.0, CFHILL, Stockholm, Sweden
2018    Fading Prints, CFHILL, Stockholm, Sweden

2023    Generation Glas, Chill, Stockholm, Sweden
2022    Enter Art Fair, The Hole, Copenhagen, Denmark
            The Collection, Gävle Konstcentrum, Gävle, Sweden
2021    Once Twice, The Hole, New York, NY
            Market, Steinsland Berliner, Liljevalchs, Stockholm, Sweden
            Chart Art Fair, Steinsland Berliner, Charlottenborg Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark
            East Hampton Hole, The Hole, New York, NY
2020    Palatset, The Glass Factory Boda, Boda, Sweden
            Chart Art Fair, Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm, Sweden
2019    Swedish Glass, Glazenhuis, Lommel, Belgium
            Bachelor, Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm, Sweden
            Sculpture, Sculpture, Sculpture!, CFHILL, Stockholm, Sweden
2018    Dallas Art Fair, Richard Heller Gallery, Dallas, TX
            Meet and Greet, The Glass Factory, Boda, Sweden
            Immersion, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2017    What's Your DNA, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, Netherlands
            Hommage, Kosta Boda Art Gallery, Kosta, Sweden
            What’s Your DNA, Form/Design Center, Malmö, Sweden

2022    Commission work for Hötorget with Vasakronan, Stockholm, Sweden
2021    Documentary SVT, Designhistorier
2020    Store front installation, Selfridges, London, UK
2019    Public art installation, Linneuniversity of Kalmar, Sweden
            Designer of The Glass Factory Boda yearly museum collection
2018    Absolute Vodka, commercial
            Art Collaboration with Artilleriet, Göteborg, Sweden
2017    Designer/ Artist at Orrefors Kosta Boda, Sweden
            Interior installation, Sneakersnstuff, New York, NY & London, UK
            Hommage, Kosta Boda 275 years, ”Nightfall series,” design commission for Kosta Boda

2023    Swedish Government Export Prize for Cultural and Creative Industries, Artist of the Year
2020    Åke Andrén Artist Grant
            The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, two-year working grant
2019    Lauritz Craft Prize
            Residence Magazine, Design Award, Craft of the Year
2018    The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, one-year working grant
            New Glass Review (published in book), Corning, NY
            Plaza Interior, Design Award, Craft of the Year
            ELLE Decoration, Swedish Design Awards
2017    Estrid Ericsson Travel Grant
            Studio Grant, The Glass Factory Boda, Sweden
            Degree Work Grant, Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design
            Konstfack Travel Grant for International Cultural Exchange, Corning, New York
            Fredrika Bremer Scholarship Fund
2016    J.L. Eklund Foundation for Craft
            Petersenska Hemmets Scholarship Fund
            Kosta Boda Working Grant
            Fredrika Bremer Scholarship Fund
2015    Petersenska Hemmets Scholarship Fund

2022    County of Gävle, Sweden
2021    Röhsska Museum of Design and Craft, Gothenburg, Sweden
2020    County of Växjö, Sweden
2019–2021 Statens Konstråd, Public Art Agency, Sweden
2018    The Glass Factory Boda, Glass Museum, Sweden
2018, 2019 County of Uppsala, Sweden
2017    Nationalmuseum, Swedish National Museum collection

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