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  • Bertil Vallien glass bowls
  • Bird Bowl Floetry by Woodworker Jögge Sundqvist
  • Glass by Ingegerd Råman
  • Form, an installation of 50 works by Ingegerd Råman (Photo: Nicho Södling)
  • Woodcarver Jögge Sundvkist
  • Rites of Passage, an installation of 40 works by Bertil Vallien
  • Baskets and Glass by Ingegerd Råman


Jan 19, 2018

Year of The Handmade

Read this recent article about 101 Bowls and CraftBOWL by Lee Dean of the Star Tribune

In 2018, the American Swedish Institute presents a suite of exhibitions and programs exploring the theme, The Handmade. These projects delve into relevant and timely issues increasingly reflected in the handmade forum - from the old world to the new, and from the traditional to the contemporary, examining intersections among local and global, identity, heritage and sustainability.

The year kicks off with CraftBOWL, an exhibition project that explores vessel design and craft traditions represented through varied mediums of handcraft - from wood, to glass, to ceramics -  as practiced in Sweden and around the world.  

The exhibition explores the work and careers of three established Swedish masters in their respective fields:  Jögge Sundqvist and Bertil Vallien, and Swedish National Treasure Ingegerd Råman. Through the craft movements they have inspired globally, we offer a sense of the Swedish cultural values and milieu that give rise for a respect for, and the intimate understanding of the handmade.   

Artist Overviews:

  • Surolle is an installation that includes 45 masterpieces by Swedish woodworker, Jögge Sundvkist.  The installation takes visitors into Sundvkist’s philosophical approaches and deep reflections on the Swedish cultural construct, slöjd, or handcraft. As a wood worker he is famous for his impressive ornaments and beautiful carved objects including bowls, stools, chairs, sculptures, cupboards, spoons and trays. Presented in collaboration with Hemslöjden, The National Association of Swedish Handicraft Societies.

  • Form is an installation that features six signature collections by Swedish National Living Treasure, Ingegerd Råman.  Internationally lauded for her simple, timeless, and highly functional ceramics and glassworks, the installation peels back Råman’s distinctive style where form, function and aesthetic are in constant dialogue with each other.  She is a legendary designer in glass and ceramics who for almost five decades has worked with such acclaimed Swedish Glassworks such as Johansfors, Skruf and Orrefors. She more recently designed a line for Ikea focusing on natural fibers. Presented in collaboration with Svensk Form, the Swedish Society of Crafts and Design.

  • Rites of Passage is a deeply moving installation that explores the motifs, metaphors and archetypes that have dominated the work of Sweden’s leading figure in international glass, Bertil Vallien.  Arranged together for the first time as a whole, this installation is at once a personal exploration of what motivates Vallien’s obsessive fascination with boats, bridges, portals, paths and at the same time evokes a universal appreciation for passing through life’s different stages. This body of work explores the meanings behind passing through life’s different stages, celebrating this Swedish master’s drive for innovation that has inspired artisans the world over.  For more than five decades, Vallien has delved into both the mystical and narrative and worked as a guest teacher at the Universities of Chicago and Minnesota, the Rhode Island School of Design and the Pilchuck School of Glass, forming an important link between the U.S. and Sweden. Presented in collaboration with The Glass Factory.


Ingegerd Råman visits ASI
Ingegerd Råman visits ASI

CraftBOWL is a multi-part exhibition exploring vessel design which also includes 101 Bowls, an eclectic display of creativity, and Bowls for Open Arms, a non-profit benefit display.

101 Bowls

101 Bowls is an ambitious, wildly creative and one-of-a-kind collage of local and international handmade vessels that showcase the work of more than 101 different artists and organizations that ASI intersects with.  It includes works in many mediums, and many organizations and institutions, including vessels that represent the work of The National Association of Swedish Handicraft Societies - Hemslöjden, the American Craft Council and the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, for example. The installation showcases ASI's connection with the networks that foster and propagate handmade diversity. 

101 Bowls - Osher Gallery

101 Bowls - Osher Gallery
101 Bowls - Osher Gallery

Bowls for Open Arms

Bowls for Open Arms is an installation co-presented by regional craft organizations advocating for the advancement of the handmade -  The American Swedish Institute, FOCI Center For Glass Arts, Northern Clay and American Woodturners Association.  Each organization presents a selection of handmade bowls that will be available for purchase , with proceeds going to Open Arms of Minnesota, a nonprofit that cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities.

Special Thanks

CraftBOWL (Jan 20 - Apr 8)  is an exhibition project that includes four installations - 101 Bowls (Osher Gallery), Surolle a collection of works by Jögge Sundkvist (Turnblad Mansion Gallery C and D), Form a collection of works by Ingegerd Råman (Turnblad Mansion Gallery B) and Rites of Passage a collection of works by Bertil Vallien (Turnblad Mansion Gallery A).  

This project was  produced by the American Swedish Institute (Minneapolis, MN), with support from the Anne Ray Foundation, Barbro Osher Pro Sucia Foundation, and Karin Larson.

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Jögge Sundqvist is presented in collaboration with Hemslöjden, The National Association of Swedish Handicraft Societies. 
Bertil Vallien is presented in collaboration with The Glass Factory.
Ingegerd Råman is presented in collaboration with Svensk Form, The Swedish Society of Crafts and Design. 

Minnesota artist activity is made possible by voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota.

This project was  produced by the American Swedish Institute (Minneapolis, MN), with support from the Anne Ray Foundation, Barbro Osher Pro Sucia Foundation, and Karin Larson.

Project Sponsors include Delta Air Lines and the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot

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