Spectacular Hadeland Norway Engraved Crystal Vase, Swing Carousel by Willy Johansson 1957

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Willy Johansson, master glass artist at Hadeland Glassworks, likely created this fantastic vase. The images of all kinds of people, riding the swinging carousel horses (Kättingflygare) are playful and dynamic. I think Hadeland used a sand-blasting technique to engrave the glass in flat planes, and then filled-in details with an engraver's pen or copper wheels. I'll try to get confirmation on that. This vase was made in 1957, and it looks like it's had some use over the years. I kind of like that with vintage glass - it wasn't just put in a cabinet, never to be touched, and the little scratches don't detract from its charm. The diameter of this large piece is 4.5" and it is 9.25" tall, and it weighs 4.5 pounds, unpacked. The vase is signed and dated.

Johansson (1921-1993) was a Norwegian glass designer. His production of glassware and art glass extends over four decades and his portfolio is large and varied. He was a third generation glass worker and worked at Hadeland Glassworks from 1936. He was a student at SHKS 1939-42 (Statens håndverks- og kunstindustriskole, the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry), and then employed by the glassworks from 1942 as a designer from 1947 until he retired in 1988.

Hadeland Glassworks, founded in 1762, is the oldest industrial company in Norway that can claim continuous operation since its foundation. In later years, however, most of the production is done abroad. The glass works today represents an industry undergoing constant development, with an increased focus on cost-effective production, but also significant operations linked to the Visitor Centre. There is still a development section at the site and this, together with the option for visiting artists to make their own glasswork, makes a thriving environment for innovative ideas. In May 2012, King Harald marked the 250th anniversary of Hadeland Glassworks.

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