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{"id":9954958026,"title":"Kosta Boda Atoll Votive, Light Green","handle":"kosta-boda-atoll-votive-light-green","description":"\r\nColonies of coral grow in rings around islands in the South Pacific, forming reefs and lagoons called atolls. These beautiful encircling structures and the vivid colors of ocean currents and living coral reefs inspired our Atoll collection of bowls and vases ¿ each piece is unique, with its own free-form pattern of hand-applied color. Atoll continues to be one of Kosta Boda's most popular series.\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ch1\u003eAmazon.com\u003c\/h1\u003eSolid yet graceful, the spectacular Atoll votive swirls with inner ribbons of color like ocean currents around a coral isle. Each of these 4-3\/8-inch wide votives is smoothly rounded and hollowed, as a stone is worn over time by the sea. The flicker of candlelight plays beautifully against the translucent and opaque swirls. Available in a wide range of color choices, the Atoll collection also includes bowls, vases, and a wide, shallow dish, each handmade by master glassmakers at Kosta Boda's glassworks in Sweden. Because the color is hand-applied, no two are exactly alike. \u003cp\u003e Atoll is a creation of Swedish artist Anna Ehrner, known for her strong, pure forms infused with swirls or lines of color. Ehrner has been designing for Kosta Boda since 1974, experimenting with everything from jewelry to stemware. Each glass piece arrives in a Kosta Boda box, signifying the highest artistry in both design and implementation. \u003ci\u003e--Ann Bieri\u003c\/i\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eFrom the Manufacturer\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\u003ctable\u003e\n\u003ctable border=\"0\" cellpadding=\"8\"\u003e \u003ctr\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003e\u003cimg src=\"http:\/\/images.amazon.com\/images\/G\/01\/kitchen\/detailpages\/kostaboda\/designer-anna-ehrner_90._V46771364_.gif\" align=\"left\"\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e \u003ctd\u003e \u003cp\u003e \u003cb\u003e About the Designer:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \"Our life blood,\" says designer Anna Ehrner, \"is the creative process that takes place in the blowing room.\" Born in 1948, Ehrner has been retained by Kosta Boda since 1974 and maintains a studio at Kosta glassworks. Experimental in style, Ehrner's work is distinguished by simple yet powerful shapes and an ability to achieve shimmering displays by using color in subtle ways. For her, the final objective is almost always a synthesis between practical utility and elegant design, even though the final piece may be years in the making. Ehrner takes inspiration from nature--the lagoons of the Pacific, the northern lights--and veils of color inside the crystal have also become something of a trademark in her art glass. She is the originator of sales successes such as the Line glasses and the Atoll series of bowls. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003e \u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e \u003c\/table\u003e \u003cb\u003e About the Kosta Boda:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cp\u003e With characteristic craftsmanship and good design, Kosta Boda has become one of the leading glasshouses in the world. The company's three glassworks in the villages of Kosta, Boda, and Åfors each have exciting individual stories of their own yet stand together under the common brand name Kosta Boda. The corps of designers currently on retainer at Kosta Boda works with both utilitarian and art glass. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e Glass results from a great many meetings between people--artists, craftspeople, and lovers of glass. The artists of Kosta Boda have a decisive role to play in all the creative stages of the process. The cooperation between the designers and the skilled craftspeople is very close; indeed, it is essential if the designers are to transfer their intentions to the glass. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003cb\u003e The History of Kosta Boda:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e Kosta, the parent glassworks of Kosta Boda and the oldest glassworks in Sweden still in operation, has a fascinating history that forms a valuable part of Swedish cultural heritage. The glassworks was founded in 1742 by the governors of the counties of Kronoberg and Kalmar, Anders Koskull and Georg Bogislaus Stael von Holstein, both former generals in the army of Karl XII and distinguished veterans of the battle of Narva, among others. The two county governors founded the glassworks upon the instructions of Fredrik I and modeled it on Continental glassworks. The works was situated deep in the spruce forests of Småland, on a site midway between the two country towns, and near a village that was then known as Dåfvedshult. The main reason for choosing this location was the unlimited availability of wood. Enormous quantities of wood were naturally required to keep the glassmaking furnaces burning day and night. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003e\u003cimg src=\"http:\/\/images.amazon.com\/images\/G\/01\/kitchen\/detailpages\/kostaboda\/kosta-boda-logo.gif\" align=\"right\"\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e \u003cp\u003e Both of the founders wanted their names to be remembered, so the works was christened Kosta, from the initial letters--Ko and Sta--of the surnames of both the Carolinian generals. After a time the entire community was renamed after the growing glassworks. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e During the first 150 years, the glassworks in Kosta produced only utility glass, including window glass for the building of Tessin's Royal Palace, bottles and glass for the royal household, and chandeliers for churches. The first glassblowers were immigrant glass masters from Böhmen. They became the founding fathers of the glassblowing families, which passed down craft skills from generation to generation. Swedish sand was used to manufacture crystal glass, but nowadays pure silica sand is imported from Belgium, since the Swedish sand contains iron oxide that gives the glass a green tinge. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e Under the management of glass masters from Kosta, a succession of glassworks sprang up in the forests of Småland in the regions around Växjö and Kalmar. Kosta therefore has good reason to call itself the parent works of the entire Swedish Kingdom of Crystal. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003e\u003cimg src=\"http:\/\/images.amazon.com\/images\/G\/01\/kitchen\/detailpages\/kostaboda\/kosta-boda-factory-historic.gif\" align=\"left\"\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e \u003cp\u003e Until the end of the 19th century, the glass from Kosta was designed by the glassblowers themselves. At the Stockholm exhibition in 1897, the glassworks was criticized for the uniformity of its glass, which led to the idea of enlisting designers and artists in production. The first designer to be employed by Kosta was Gunnar Wennerberg. The year was 1898. Ever since then a large number of artists and designers have enriched the glassmaking tradition of the works with their artistic talents. Today Kosta Boda has a unique right to describe itself as an art industry, in which designers and craftspeople work closely together in the ongoing development of handmade utility glass and art glass. This diversity of individual artistic expression and the free and uninhibited creative process have become the distinguishing characteristics of the Kosta Boda brand. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e In addition to the parent works in Kosta, Kosta Boda today includes the two \"daughter works\" of Boda (founded in 1864) and Åfors (founded in 1876), a partnership that was formed in 1964. Both Boda and Åfors were originally relatively simple glassworks that manufactured utility glass. Boda experienced a period of glory in the 1960s and 1970s, under the innovative and dynamic artistic leadership of Erik Höglund, a heritage carried on by Kjell Engman and Monica Backström. Åfors has been the home of the designer couple Ulrica Hydman-Vallien and Bertil Vallien, who, together with Gunnel Sahlin and Olle Brozén, brought a renaissance to the small glassworks and local community. In 1990 Kosta was acquired by its former competitor Orrefors. Orrefors\/Kosta Boda was in turn acquired by the Danish company Royal Copenhagen in 1997, and the design group Royal Scandinavia was formed. The group also includes Georg Jensen, Royal Copenhagen, and Holmegaard. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e Colorful, handmade art glass from the works in Kosta, Boda, and Åfors have made Kosta Boda one of Sweden's strongest brands and one of the world's leading glass companies. Glass from Kosta Boda is sold all over the world. Roughly 50 percent of production is sold outside Scandinavia, with some of the biggest markets in the U.S., Japan, Germany, and Australia. The origins of this glass, the living tradition of craftsmanship developed in the glassworks in Kosta, Boda, and Åfors, is a heritage that every Swede has a right to feel proud of. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003cb\u003e Taking Care of Kosta Boda Pieces:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e Handmade and hand-painted glass (especially the latter) does not do well in the dishwasher. Wash by hand in hot water--though not too hot--with a little washing-up liquid. Washing in very hot water will eventually destroy the luster of the glass. Rinse in water of about the same temperature as you washed it in. To avoid cracking the glass, make sure you do not expose it to excessive temperature differences. To avoid lines, dry with a soft cloth that won't shed lint. The edge of the glass is its most fragile part. When you put the glass back in the cupboard, stand it on its foot and make sure the edge does not come into contact with other glasses or objects. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003cb\u003e The Mark or Signature on Kosta Boda Pieces:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e Products are marked with the words \u003ci\u003eKosta Boda\u003c\/i\u003e, the name of the artist, and the article number (seven digits). Painted pieces are signed with a painted signature with the designer's and the painter's initials. Engraved pieces also have the engraver's signature near the designer's name. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e Besides designing glass for the regular Kosta Boda collection, our artists are also free to work with art glass--limited-edition, specially signed pieces that are often much sought after by collectors. Kosta Boda art glass is divided into two categories: unique pieces and limited editions. Unique pieces are, of course, just that. No more than one piece is made of any particular item. Limited editions are manufactured in runs of between 25 and 1,000 pieces. All art glass is marked with the product number, the name of the artist, and the size of the edition so that the purchaser will know exactly how many pieces there are in that particular series. 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These beautiful encircling structures and the vivid colors of ocean currents and living coral reefs inspired our Atoll collection of bowls and vases ¿ each piece is unique, with its own free-form pattern of hand-applied color. Atoll continues to be one of Kosta Boda's most popular series.\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ch1\u003eAmazon.com\u003c\/h1\u003eSolid yet graceful, the spectacular Atoll votive swirls with inner ribbons of color like ocean currents around a coral isle. Each of these 4-3\/8-inch wide votives is smoothly rounded and hollowed, as a stone is worn over time by the sea. The flicker of candlelight plays beautifully against the translucent and opaque swirls. Available in a wide range of color choices, the Atoll collection also includes bowls, vases, and a wide, shallow dish, each handmade by master glassmakers at Kosta Boda's glassworks in Sweden. Because the color is hand-applied, no two are exactly alike. \u003cp\u003e Atoll is a creation of Swedish artist Anna Ehrner, known for her strong, pure forms infused with swirls or lines of color. Ehrner has been designing for Kosta Boda since 1974, experimenting with everything from jewelry to stemware. Each glass piece arrives in a Kosta Boda box, signifying the highest artistry in both design and implementation. \u003ci\u003e--Ann Bieri\u003c\/i\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eFrom the Manufacturer\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\u003ctable\u003e\n\u003ctable border=\"0\" cellpadding=\"8\"\u003e \u003ctr\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003e\u003cimg src=\"http:\/\/images.amazon.com\/images\/G\/01\/kitchen\/detailpages\/kostaboda\/designer-anna-ehrner_90._V46771364_.gif\" align=\"left\"\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e \u003ctd\u003e \u003cp\u003e \u003cb\u003e About the Designer:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \"Our life blood,\" says designer Anna Ehrner, \"is the creative process that takes place in the blowing room.\" Born in 1948, Ehrner has been retained by Kosta Boda since 1974 and maintains a studio at Kosta glassworks. Experimental in style, Ehrner's work is distinguished by simple yet powerful shapes and an ability to achieve shimmering displays by using color in subtle ways. For her, the final objective is almost always a synthesis between practical utility and elegant design, even though the final piece may be years in the making. Ehrner takes inspiration from nature--the lagoons of the Pacific, the northern lights--and veils of color inside the crystal have also become something of a trademark in her art glass. She is the originator of sales successes such as the Line glasses and the Atoll series of bowls. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003e \u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e \u003c\/table\u003e \u003cb\u003e About the Kosta Boda:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cp\u003e With characteristic craftsmanship and good design, Kosta Boda has become one of the leading glasshouses in the world. The company's three glassworks in the villages of Kosta, Boda, and Åfors each have exciting individual stories of their own yet stand together under the common brand name Kosta Boda. The corps of designers currently on retainer at Kosta Boda works with both utilitarian and art glass. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e Glass results from a great many meetings between people--artists, craftspeople, and lovers of glass. The artists of Kosta Boda have a decisive role to play in all the creative stages of the process. The cooperation between the designers and the skilled craftspeople is very close; indeed, it is essential if the designers are to transfer their intentions to the glass. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003cb\u003e The History of Kosta Boda:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e Kosta, the parent glassworks of Kosta Boda and the oldest glassworks in Sweden still in operation, has a fascinating history that forms a valuable part of Swedish cultural heritage. The glassworks was founded in 1742 by the governors of the counties of Kronoberg and Kalmar, Anders Koskull and Georg Bogislaus Stael von Holstein, both former generals in the army of Karl XII and distinguished veterans of the battle of Narva, among others. The two county governors founded the glassworks upon the instructions of Fredrik I and modeled it on Continental glassworks. The works was situated deep in the spruce forests of Småland, on a site midway between the two country towns, and near a village that was then known as Dåfvedshult. The main reason for choosing this location was the unlimited availability of wood. Enormous quantities of wood were naturally required to keep the glassmaking furnaces burning day and night. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003e\u003cimg src=\"http:\/\/images.amazon.com\/images\/G\/01\/kitchen\/detailpages\/kostaboda\/kosta-boda-logo.gif\" align=\"right\"\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e \u003cp\u003e Both of the founders wanted their names to be remembered, so the works was christened Kosta, from the initial letters--Ko and Sta--of the surnames of both the Carolinian generals. After a time the entire community was renamed after the growing glassworks. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e During the first 150 years, the glassworks in Kosta produced only utility glass, including window glass for the building of Tessin's Royal Palace, bottles and glass for the royal household, and chandeliers for churches. The first glassblowers were immigrant glass masters from Böhmen. They became the founding fathers of the glassblowing families, which passed down craft skills from generation to generation. Swedish sand was used to manufacture crystal glass, but nowadays pure silica sand is imported from Belgium, since the Swedish sand contains iron oxide that gives the glass a green tinge. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e Under the management of glass masters from Kosta, a succession of glassworks sprang up in the forests of Småland in the regions around Växjö and Kalmar. Kosta therefore has good reason to call itself the parent works of the entire Swedish Kingdom of Crystal. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003e\u003cimg src=\"http:\/\/images.amazon.com\/images\/G\/01\/kitchen\/detailpages\/kostaboda\/kosta-boda-factory-historic.gif\" align=\"left\"\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e \u003cp\u003e Until the end of the 19th century, the glass from Kosta was designed by the glassblowers themselves. At the Stockholm exhibition in 1897, the glassworks was criticized for the uniformity of its glass, which led to the idea of enlisting designers and artists in production. The first designer to be employed by Kosta was Gunnar Wennerberg. The year was 1898. Ever since then a large number of artists and designers have enriched the glassmaking tradition of the works with their artistic talents. Today Kosta Boda has a unique right to describe itself as an art industry, in which designers and craftspeople work closely together in the ongoing development of handmade utility glass and art glass. This diversity of individual artistic expression and the free and uninhibited creative process have become the distinguishing characteristics of the Kosta Boda brand. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e In addition to the parent works in Kosta, Kosta Boda today includes the two \"daughter works\" of Boda (founded in 1864) and Åfors (founded in 1876), a partnership that was formed in 1964. Both Boda and Åfors were originally relatively simple glassworks that manufactured utility glass. Boda experienced a period of glory in the 1960s and 1970s, under the innovative and dynamic artistic leadership of Erik Höglund, a heritage carried on by Kjell Engman and Monica Backström. Åfors has been the home of the designer couple Ulrica Hydman-Vallien and Bertil Vallien, who, together with Gunnel Sahlin and Olle Brozén, brought a renaissance to the small glassworks and local community. In 1990 Kosta was acquired by its former competitor Orrefors. Orrefors\/Kosta Boda was in turn acquired by the Danish company Royal Copenhagen in 1997, and the design group Royal Scandinavia was formed. The group also includes Georg Jensen, Royal Copenhagen, and Holmegaard. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e Colorful, handmade art glass from the works in Kosta, Boda, and Åfors have made Kosta Boda one of Sweden's strongest brands and one of the world's leading glass companies. Glass from Kosta Boda is sold all over the world. Roughly 50 percent of production is sold outside Scandinavia, with some of the biggest markets in the U.S., Japan, Germany, and Australia. The origins of this glass, the living tradition of craftsmanship developed in the glassworks in Kosta, Boda, and Åfors, is a heritage that every Swede has a right to feel proud of. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003cb\u003e Taking Care of Kosta Boda Pieces:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e Handmade and hand-painted glass (especially the latter) does not do well in the dishwasher. Wash by hand in hot water--though not too hot--with a little washing-up liquid. Washing in very hot water will eventually destroy the luster of the glass. Rinse in water of about the same temperature as you washed it in. To avoid cracking the glass, make sure you do not expose it to excessive temperature differences. To avoid lines, dry with a soft cloth that won't shed lint. The edge of the glass is its most fragile part. When you put the glass back in the cupboard, stand it on its foot and make sure the edge does not come into contact with other glasses or objects. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003cb\u003e The Mark or Signature on Kosta Boda Pieces:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e Products are marked with the words \u003ci\u003eKosta Boda\u003c\/i\u003e, the name of the artist, and the article number (seven digits). Painted pieces are signed with a painted signature with the designer's and the painter's initials. Engraved pieces also have the engraver's signature near the designer's name. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e Besides designing glass for the regular Kosta Boda collection, our artists are also free to work with art glass--limited-edition, specially signed pieces that are often much sought after by collectors. Kosta Boda art glass is divided into two categories: unique pieces and limited editions. Unique pieces are, of course, just that. No more than one piece is made of any particular item. Limited editions are manufactured in runs of between 25 and 1,000 pieces. All art glass is marked with the product number, the name of the artist, and the size of the edition so that the purchaser will know exactly how many pieces there are in that particular series. Editions comprising less than 60 pieces are individually numbered, e.g. \"25\/60.\"\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/table\u003e"}

Kosta Boda Atoll Votive, Light Green

Product Description
Colonies of coral grow in rings around islands in the South Pacific, forming reefs and lagoons called atolls. These beautiful encircling structures and the vivid colors of ocean currents and living coral reefs inspired our Atoll collection of bowls and vases ¿ each piece is unique, with its own free-form pattern of hand-applied color. Atoll continues to be one of Kosta Boda's most popular series.

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Solid yet graceful, the spectacular Atoll votive swirls with inner ribbons of color like ocean currents around a coral isle. Each of these 4-3/8-inch wide votives is smoothly rounded and hollowed, as a stone is worn over time by the sea. The flicker of candlelight plays beautifully against the translucent and opaque swirls. Available in a wide range of color choices, the Atoll collection also includes bowls, vases, and a wide, shallow dish, each handmade by master glassmakers at Kosta Boda's glassworks in Sweden. Because the color is hand-applied, no two are exactly alike.

Atoll is a creation of Swedish artist Anna Ehrner, known for her strong, pure forms infused with swirls or lines of color. Ehrner has been designing for Kosta Boda since 1974, experimenting with everything from jewelry to stemware. Each glass piece arrives in a Kosta Boda box, signifying the highest artistry in both design and implementation. --Ann Bieri

From the Manufacturer

About the Designer:

"Our life blood," says designer Anna Ehrner, "is the creative process that takes place in the blowing room." Born in 1948, Ehrner has been retained by Kosta Boda since 1974 and maintains a studio at Kosta glassworks. Experimental in style, Ehrner's work is distinguished by simple yet powerful shapes and an ability to achieve shimmering displays by using color in subtle ways. For her, the final objective is almost always a synthesis between practical utility and elegant design, even though the final piece may be years in the making. Ehrner takes inspiration from nature--the lagoons of the Pacific, the northern lights--and veils of color inside the crystal have also become something of a trademark in her art glass. She is the originator of sales successes such as the Line glasses and the Atoll series of bowls.

About the Kosta Boda:

With characteristic craftsmanship and good design, Kosta Boda has become one of the leading glasshouses in the world. The company's three glassworks in the villages of Kosta, Boda, and Åfors each have exciting individual stories of their own yet stand together under the common brand name Kosta Boda. The corps of designers currently on retainer at Kosta Boda works with both utilitarian and art glass.

Glass results from a great many meetings between people--artists, craftspeople, and lovers of glass. The artists of Kosta Boda have a decisive role to play in all the creative stages of the process. The cooperation between the designers and the skilled craftspeople is very close; indeed, it is essential if the designers are to transfer their intentions to the glass.

The History of Kosta Boda:

Kosta, the parent glassworks of Kosta Boda and the oldest glassworks in Sweden still in operation, has a fascinating history that forms a valuable part of Swedish cultural heritage. The glassworks was founded in 1742 by the governors of the counties of Kronoberg and Kalmar, Anders Koskull and Georg Bogislaus Stael von Holstein, both former generals in the army of Karl XII and distinguished veterans of the battle of Narva, among others. The two county governors founded the glassworks upon the instructions of Fredrik I and modeled it on Continental glassworks. The works was situated deep in the spruce forests of Småland, on a site midway between the two country towns, and near a village that was then known as Dåfvedshult. The main reason for choosing this location was the unlimited availability of wood. Enormous quantities of wood were naturally required to keep the glassmaking furnaces burning day and night.

Both of the founders wanted their names to be remembered, so the works was christened Kosta, from the initial letters--Ko and Sta--of the surnames of both the Carolinian generals. After a time the entire community was renamed after the growing glassworks.

During the first 150 years, the glassworks in Kosta produced only utility glass, including window glass for the building of Tessin's Royal Palace, bottles and glass for the royal household, and chandeliers for churches. The first glassblowers were immigrant glass masters from Böhmen. They became the founding fathers of the glassblowing families, which passed down craft skills from generation to generation. Swedish sand was used to manufacture crystal glass, but nowadays pure silica sand is imported from Belgium, since the Swedish sand contains iron oxide that gives the glass a green tinge.

Under the management of glass masters from Kosta, a succession of glassworks sprang up in the forests of Småland in the regions around Växjö and Kalmar. Kosta therefore has good reason to call itself the parent works of the entire Swedish Kingdom of Crystal.

Until the end of the 19th century, the glass from Kosta was designed by the glassblowers themselves. At the Stockholm exhibition in 1897, the glassworks was criticized for the uniformity of its glass, which led to the idea of enlisting designers and artists in production. The first designer to be employed by Kosta was Gunnar Wennerberg. The year was 1898. Ever since then a large number of artists and designers have enriched the glassmaking tradition of the works with their artistic talents. Today Kosta Boda has a unique right to describe itself as an art industry, in which designers and craftspeople work closely together in the ongoing development of handmade utility glass and art glass. This diversity of individual artistic expression and the free and uninhibited creative process have become the distinguishing characteristics of the Kosta Boda brand.

In addition to the parent works in Kosta, Kosta Boda today includes the two "daughter works" of Boda (founded in 1864) and Åfors (founded in 1876), a partnership that was formed in 1964. Both Boda and Åfors were originally relatively simple glassworks that manufactured utility glass. Boda experienced a period of glory in the 1960s and 1970s, under the innovative and dynamic artistic leadership of Erik Höglund, a heritage carried on by Kjell Engman and Monica Backström. Åfors has been the home of the designer couple Ulrica Hydman-Vallien and Bertil Vallien, who, together with Gunnel Sahlin and Olle Brozén, brought a renaissance to the small glassworks and local community. In 1990 Kosta was acquired by its former competitor Orrefors. Orrefors/Kosta Boda was in turn acquired by the Danish company Royal Copenhagen in 1997, and the design group Royal Scandinavia was formed. The group also includes Georg Jensen, Royal Copenhagen, and Holmegaard.

Colorful, handmade art glass from the works in Kosta, Boda, and Åfors have made Kosta Boda one of Sweden's strongest brands and one of the world's leading glass companies. Glass from Kosta Boda is sold all over the world. Roughly 50 percent of production is sold outside Scandinavia, with some of the biggest markets in the U.S., Japan, Germany, and Australia. The origins of this glass, the living tradition of craftsmanship developed in the glassworks in Kosta, Boda, and Åfors, is a heritage that every Swede has a right to feel proud of.

Taking Care of Kosta Boda Pieces:

Handmade and hand-painted glass (especially the latter) does not do well in the dishwasher. Wash by hand in hot water--though not too hot--with a little washing-up liquid. Washing in very hot water will eventually destroy the luster of the glass. Rinse in water of about the same temperature as you washed it in. To avoid cracking the glass, make sure you do not expose it to excessive temperature differences. To avoid lines, dry with a soft cloth that won't shed lint. The edge of the glass is its most fragile part. When you put the glass back in the cupboard, stand it on its foot and make sure the edge does not come into contact with other glasses or objects.

The Mark or Signature on Kosta Boda Pieces:

Products are marked with the words Kosta Boda, the name of the artist, and the article number (seven digits). Painted pieces are signed with a painted signature with the designer's and the painter's initials. Engraved pieces also have the engraver's signature near the designer's name.

Besides designing glass for the regular Kosta Boda collection, our artists are also free to work with art glass--limited-edition, specially signed pieces that are often much sought after by collectors. Kosta Boda art glass is divided into two categories: unique pieces and limited editions. Unique pieces are, of course, just that. No more than one piece is made of any particular item. Limited editions are manufactured in runs of between 25 and 1,000 pieces. All art glass is marked with the product number, the name of the artist, and the size of the edition so that the purchaser will know exactly how many pieces there are in that particular series. Editions comprising less than 60 pieces are individually numbered, e.g. "25/60."

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