One of the creations of Jan-Erik Ritzman
During our trip through the Småland region - in Sweden - we discovered beautiful landscapes, student cities, gardens where art harmonizes with flowers, magical islands or the world of Astrid Lindgren. Our penultimate stop would be different from all that and we would discover a world of glass.
I recognize that he was a true ignorant in the art of creating glass figures and sculptures before arriving at the part of Småland that is known as the Kingdom of Crystal (Glasriket in Swedish).
Our tour of the kingdom was as follows:
Hyttsill Kosta Glasbruk
Blowing glass after dinner
After leaving our things at the Kosta Boda Art glass hotel - which I will talk about in another article - we went straight to a somewhat particular dinner.
In an area of the glass factory in Hyttsill they had set up a small stage from which some musicians entertained the first minutes of the evening to the diners that we distributed at a couple of long tables.
We would be more than twenty people.
Dinner itself is nothing from the other world and consists of a kind of self-service where you can choose between various types of meat and some salad. The drink is not lacking either and most of us opt for the beers in the area.
The original theme comes just when you are finishing dinner and the musicians leave their place to glassblowers. After observing the skills of the teachers, it will be the turn of the guests. I would not try that night - although the next day - but Israel represented the group and managed to create a glass ball that some even dared to call it "vase."
The teacher explaining his work