Helena Blom

Memories at the Glass House in 1987

I will always think back on my time as an assistant in 1987 at The Glasshouse with a special warm feeling in my heart.
After attending the Glass school in Orrefors Sweden, I was seeking some more artistic glass experience.
For me as a Swede it was a fantastic experience to take part in all the creativity, originality and professionalism that surrounded both the glass and the artists at The Glasshouse in Covent Garden. During that time it was Annette, Chris, David and Fleur that formed the Glasshouse.
The complete contrast between the very posh glass gallery and the ruff hot shop intrigued me and I felt immediately at home in the busy workshops.
Ron Wilkinson the old master glassmaker was for me very similar to other masters that I had met in Sweden. His skills where outstanding! His humour outrageous!

As young assistants, myself, Bob Crooks, Janusz Pozniak and later on Helena Kaiser, were given the opportunity to develop our glassmaking skills and creativity through the ěAssistant Saturdaysî when we were able to work on our own in the hot shop.
The Glasshouse had a continuous stream of visiting old colleagues, assistants and glass students from all around the world.
It is also thanks to Annette and Chris that later that year I started a degree in Farnham at The West Surrey College of Art & Design and finally became a ěglass personî.
Together with Stephen Procter, Ray Flavell, Tessa Clegg and others, they formed a unique glass education. To meet all these fantastic people and to be a part of ěThe Glasshouse and its Treeî has definitely formed me both as an artist and a person.
I feel honoured to be invited to this reunion and exhibition at the CAA some 20 years later.

Born  1962, Sweden

1990-1991 Hot shop Assistant at Asa Brandt, Torshalla, Sweden
1987-1989 West Surrey College of Art & Design, England, BA (Hons) Glass
1987 Designer Assistant, The Glasshouse, London
1984 Orrefors Glasschool
1982-1984 University of Umea, Sweden, BA Art teaching
1980-1982 Konstfack, Stockholm National School of Art & Craft

Commissions and Awards
2008 Selected for the New Glass Review nr 29
2005 Cast glass gift, designed for the City of Jonkoping, Sweden
2005 Blown glass animals, Primary school, Mansarp, Sweden
2001 Jonkopings Lans Landstings, Artist award
2000 Cast glass reliefs, Gymnasium, Vaggeryd, Sweden
1999 Cast glass wall decoration, The Hospital of Jonkoping, Sweden
1995 Laminated glass windows, Primary school, Jonkoping, Sweden
1994 Laminated glass windows, Public swimcenter, Nassjo, Sweden
1994 The Swedish artist fund, Artist working Grant
1989 L Eklund, Craft scholarship
1988 Vaxjo City Artist scholarship

Group Exhibitions
2007 “Spiritual House”, Edsvikens Arthall, Stockholm
2005 Cast Glass, The finnish Glass Museum, Riihimaki, Finland
2004-05 Cast Glass, The National museum, Stockholm
2002 Body & Glass, the Swedish Glassmuseum Vaxjo
Waterglass, Smygehamn,Sweden
Between the sky and sea, Goodnight Lighthouse, Karlskrona, Sweden
2000 Glass x 4, Gallery Backalyckan, Sweden
1999-2000 Future Belives,Jonkoping Museum, Sweden.
1998 Gallery Glass One / Doctor Glass, Stockholm
1997 Nordic Glass, Ha Gamle Prestegard, Norway
1996 Glass-96, Varbergs Museum,Sweden
By Glass, Konsthallen, Vaxjo
Glass Happiness, Smalands Museum, Vaxjo,Sweden
1989 Smith’s Gallery, London
1988 The 20, Vaxjo, Sweden





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