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glass (ariel)
13.4 × 11.4 cm diameter
Place/s of Execution
Orrefors, Sweden
Accession Number
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1952
Gallery location
18th Century Decorative Arts - Great Hall Costume Corridor
Level 2, NGV International
Within a year of Öhrström’s arrival at Orrefors he introduced the ariel technique, a variant on the graal technique. It involved the application of a pattern to a blank form through sandblasting. When the form was cased in a thin layer of glass, air was trapped in the sandblasted pattern, forming bubbles. Further layers of glass could then be added and the object was blown into its final shape. The ruby-red profile bust of a young girl surrounded by air bubbles and streaks within a mass of clear and refractive glass is typical of Öhrström’s production of the 1950s.
—text from Nordic Cool (Feb 2015)