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Guest Artist Demonstration: Bertil Vallien (no sound)

Note: This Guest Artist Demonstration was originally posted in 2015 but was removed due to copyright issues with the music that was playing in the hot shop. We're sharing it now again with no sound and hope you enjoy watching this master artist at work. Renowned artist Bertil Vallien demonstrates the art of sandcasting in the Amphitheater Hot Shop using found pieces from The Studio. See photos of the castings and objects in the Museum's collection made by Vallien Vallien gave a lecture on the technique of sandcasting, a process that he is largely responsible for developing, at the Museum in 2015. Watch the lecture Bertil Vallien is the most widely recognized and admired artist working in glass in Sweden. Like many Swedish studio artists, he has pursued a career designing for industry in addition to maintaining an independent practice. He is also a well-traveled teacher who has influenced an entire generation of artists working in glass in Europe and abroad. Sand casting—that is, pouring molten glass into a prepared bed of sand to create a form—is a technique that Vallien pioneered in the 1980s. He is best known for his sand-cast boats, such as Cargo Seed in the Museum's collection These large boats, inspired by Viking boat burials, address the themes of journey, memory, and time. Elements of archaeology (re-creations of artifacts), water (palette), and states of consciousness, such as suspended animation (the immobilization of objects in glass), are also evident in this work.