Gunnel Nyman joined the Nuutajärvi Glassworks in 1946 and in the two years before her untimely death produced more than sixty designs for both household wares and art glass. Nyman often worked with the potential of refraction and reflection in her glass, as the quality of light was of major interest to her. She also played with the use of trapped bubbles in glass, to create pattern and texture. Her works are characterised by dynamic forms and a sculptural boldness. Despite Nyman’s brief career she was one of the most influential designers in the modern glass movement in Finland.