Micke Johansson

Air spirits (Forest)

$1,810.00
Description

Micke Johansson is the natural talent who once became Sweden's youngest master glassblower. He works mainly in the ariel and grail techniques, testing possibilities and challenging the techniques. The Ariel technique, which means "spirit of air" was developed by Gustav Bergkvist in 1936. " - The finest glassblowing technique is Ariel". Micke Johansson has developed and refined the technique and is now the only master in the world who blows the double-ariel technique. Micke Johansson is both a glassblower and a designer, which is an unusual combination according to Swedish tradition. He is the master glassblower who can conjure with the glass pipe!

For the spring fair collection, together with Micke Johansson, we have
created two exclusive "Melefors" editions with Ariels in an edition of 30 in each color. "Air spirits" and "Players". The name Ariel originally comes from William Shakespeare's play The Tempest where the spirit of the air is called Ariel. "Air Spirits" is also a tribute to the technology that was invented at the Orrefors glass factory in the mid-1930s. Each copy is completely unique as no one can be exactly like the other, but the design and color in combination are repeated in an edition of 30 copies.

Delivery time 4-6 weeks




Height: 27 cm
Width: 14
Technology: Ariel
Edition: 30

LED-illuminated base included.

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SKU: 36986

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MICKE JOHANSSON

GLASS MASTER AND MAGICIAN

Micke Johansson became a glass master at the early age of 24 and is today famous for his incredibly advanced works of art in various combinations of the techniques Graal, Ariel and sculpted glass. He has developed the Double Ariel technique himself and is probably the only one in the world to be able to perform it. Micke learned the playfulness and humility to dare to test, experiment and push the boundaries of Nordic glass art at the Pilchuck Glass School in the USA. Ulrica Hydman Vallien ensured that he received a scholarship to learn how to handle Italian thin glass in combination with the slightly heavier Nordic tradition.

Photo: Hans Runesson

• MICKE JOHANSSON •

"I STARTED IN THE GLASS SCHOOL RIGHT AFTER HIGH SCHOOL. THE PLAN WAS TO LEARN ENGRAVING BUT IT TURNED OUT THAT I WAS A NATURAL TALENT AT GLASS BLOWING. ALREADY AFTER A FEW MONTHS, ORREFORS CAME AND OFFERED ME PERMANENT EMPLOYMENT AS A 16-YEAR-OLD.”

WHAT IS AN ARIEL?

THE ARIEL TECHNIQUE WAS INVENTED AT ORREFORS BY GUSTAV BERGKVIST

The name comes from Shakespeare's play "The Storm" where the spirit of the air is named Ariel. Creating an Ariel involves rolling glass in layers upon layers over each other and trapping air in prepared sandblasted patterns between them. The air trapped inside the glass creates imaginative patterns in different layers that float freely in the solid glass. A double Ariel means that the technique is repeated twice.

TIME CONSUMING PRECISION WORK

MINIMUM MARGINS OF ERROR

A Double Ariel takes several weeks of complete concentration to complete to perfection. During the entire process, the margins of error for Micke are extremely small.

"All it takes is for an open door to let in a cold gust of winter air at the wrong time, and the hot glass mass risks cooling down in the wrong way and the whole piece can explode."

- Mike Johansson

A RARE COMBINATION

GLASS MASTER AND DESIGNER

Micke Johansson both designs and blows his masterpieces in glass. It is an unusual combination to master both disciplines at a high level. We get to experience a colorful dance created in the remarkable art form of glassblowing. Exquisite craftsmanship and artistry created in perfect temperature balance with the red-hot ovens. The solid glass seethes with life when the different layers of glass become prisms where the light plays. In Micke's art glass works, Ariel's soul is captured - a spirit of air.

NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE

TO CONSTANTLY CHALLENGE THE LIMIT OF THE POSSIBLE

After almost 30 years as a glass master, Micke Johansson is still full of ideas for techniques and combinations he wants to test and develop.

"It was thought that the air I capture in the double ariels would never last. That it would become unstable and crack. It certainly worked, and I have a bunch of other ideas and experiments going on. I have 30 years left in my career, who knows what will happen…”

- Mike Johansson

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