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Biography: Eva Engström

Eva Engström

Eva Engström studied art history at the University of Lund, Sweden, and attended the Orrefors Glass School. She went on to earn a BA in 3D-Design in Glass at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design in the U.K. She has worked as a production glassblower, visiting artist (Ezra Glass Studio in Japan), and artist-in-residence at the Museé-Atelier du Verre de Sars-Poteries in France, and as teaching assistant at the Pilchuck school. She has received several travel grants.

She refers to glassblowing as something that is very open, an art form that admits of no secrets. She sees herself very definitely as an artist and not a designer. The cocoon forms she makes, exhibited in complimentary pairs, are sensuous, softly-undulating, double-gourd shapes. Her work is a very personal statement about growth, about her own growth as a person, about moving away from a safe family environment, about achieving a sense of serenity and balance—simple organic forms symbolizing a personal evolution.

Engström’s work is exhibited in museums and galleries across Europe and Japan and is in museum collections as well, including Musée-Atelier du Verre de Sars-Poteries in France, Brandt Contemporary Glass in Torshalla, Sweden, Dan Klein Private Collection in London, and Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark.