About SMAELTA

About SMAELTA

I am a third generation glassworker born and raised in Älmhult.

My ancestors worked and lived by the glass factories which gave them temporary employment at the time.

 

The forest and lakes surround the village. Here we climbed the old apple trees, often went boating on the lake, played on the mire and went ice-skating.

 

A strong need and desire to express myself creatively led me to an arts education, resulting in five years of study at the Danish Design School.For a few years I worked in Copenhagen, among other things as a consultant at the Danish Design School, as well as running my own workshop.

 

However, I always longed to be back in Småland.

After returning home, I traveled through the deep forest to the glass factory and a collaboration was born.

The glass factory lays in the middle of the darkest Småland, where glass has been made in the same way since 1889.

In the workshop you hear the clanging of blowpipes and the oven is hot all hours of the day.The glassblower blows into wooden molds.

The molds are carved in beechwood according to my drawings.

 

Burned wood together with the steam creates a fog through-out the workshop. The days production of glass is cooled downslowly during the night. New glass is melted in the large furnace.

 

The following day the vases are polished at the top and I sign them.

 

 

 

 

Contact:

 

Address: V.Backgatan 11

343 37 Älmhult, SWEDEN

Email: lotta@smaelta.se

Phone: +46 733 501864

Opening hours:

 

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