Ulrica Hydman-Vallien

"Desire, energy, passion – I can love and hate all at the same time. I’m both argumentative and totally committed. With glass, everything is possible. It’s immediate, intense, demanding; never is it just plain old glass. I use it to paint on and tell tales. I have no rules, and I allow my instinctive feelings to take me wherever they want."

Ulrica Hydman-Vallien is one of Sweden’s best known glass artists, whose unmistakable figures have embellished a variety of things such as mobile phones and the tails of aeroplanes. Ulrica Hydman-Vallien’s most important form of expression is her powerful imagery. She paints her striking and humorous designs straight onto the glass with free and unrestrained energy. She made her breakthrough with Caramba and Open Minds, followed by her popular Tulipa range.

The 21st of March, Ulrica Hydman Vallien left us. With great gratitude, we can look back on all the years that Ulrica formed Kosta Boda. Her way of expressing herself in glass and painting has become a signum for us. Our warmest thoughts go to Bertil Vallien and his family.

She was the embodiment of Swedish glass art. No living Swedish artist could have claimed anywhere near the popularity of Ulrica Hydman Vallien. Whether collection or one-of-a-kind pieces, she placed the same passion into every work of her hands. With motifs from the innermost corners of human life, she has created a narrative glass art form with feminist and Biblical touches, alongside her utility glass. Tulips and snakes gure repeatedly in her own Paradise works. Assertive, controversial, beloved.

– Magnus Andersson, Kosta Boda CEO

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