SONJA BLOMDAHL Pacific NW INCALMO Large Wide Circular COLORFUL Bowl Vessel Vase
Sonja Blomdahl (b. 1952 Seattle) hand blown wide vessel in lemon yellow and bright blue, flaring at waist and inverted rim. Signed under base. Measures 8" tall x 16". Blown with the highly skilled incalmo glass technique where two or more bubbles of molten glass are fused together and worked as one.
Excellent condition, no chips, cracks, or repairs.
As found on American Art site: Sonja Blomdahl received her BFA in 1974 from Massachusetts College of Art, and studied at the Orrefors Glass Studio in Sweden in 1976. In 1983, she built her own hot glass studio and has worked as an independent artist in Seattle since that time. Internationally, her work is included in numerous private and public collections including the Museum of Decorative Art in Prague, the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York and the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC.
Her work has recently been including in a number of books, including Northwest Originals: Washington Women and Their Art.
As an artist my focus has been with the vessel. In the vessel, I find the form to be of primary importance. It holds the space. In a sense, the vessel is a "history of my breath": it contains the volume within. If I have done things correctly, the profile of the piece is a continuous curve, the shape is full, and the opening confident.
Color is often the "joy" in making a piece. I want the colors to glow and react with each other. The clear band between the colors acts as an optic lens; it moves the color around and allows you to see into the piece.
For me there is still much to explore. The relationship between form, color, proportion, and process still intrigues me.