Ola and Marie Höglund - Höglund Art Glass
Ola Höglund: “Being a glass blower is a bit like being a musician – every day is spent practising and training. Glass is so technically difficult to work with and has a life of it’s own. As an artist I am fascinated by making a form with the human breath. The heat of the furnace and the molten, soft glass are my inspiration.”
Marie Höglund: “As an artist, I take my inspiration from the pure beauty and simplicity of nature. From the natural world and all its warm colours, from delicate light and smooth shapes of the landscape, from the vibrant energy of the earth and the fresh green lushness of the bush.”
Ola and Marie Höglund came to New Zealand in 1982 and established the, now world renowned, Höglund Art Glass Studio. Their work is keenly sought after by both public and private collectors worldwide. They have exhibited in more than 40 international exhibitions in New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, the US, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Dubai, Indonesia, Taipei and Japan.
In May 2002, New Zealand Post and the Royal Sweden Post released a joint stamp issue – Art meets Craft. Each stamp featured a Rainforest Graal vase designed and made by Ola Höglund and Marie Simberg-Höglund. Two eye catching First Day covers accompany the stamps. The artistry displayed in the stamps lead to the issue becoming one of the few prestigious Limited Editions created by New Zealand Post each year. Only 2,000 of the editions will ever be produced and were sold before the release.In 2000 and 2003, Höglund Art Glass was appointed to produce the Official Team New Zealand and America’s Cup art glass. The success in 2000 led to the next prestigious invitation; to create the art glass for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games – The Games of the New Millennium. Ola and Marie Höglund designed a collection of bright and colourful art glass for this exciting event.
They also created ‘Athletes in Motion’ – a limited edition of one-off Graal pieces, capturing the strong, graceful movements of athletes between several layers of heavy, crystal glass. These unique pieces celebrated the strength and agility of the athletic human body when in competition with the best sports people in the world.
Marie Simberg - Höglund
Glass artist Ola Höglund blowing glass with assistance of his two sons
Ossie and Oliver Höglund