OLLE ALBERIUS (Swedish, 1926-1993)
Glass Lamp, ca. 1960
22.5 inches high
Sven-Olof Alberius, commonly known as Olle, was a Swedish ceramicist, designer, and glass artist. He was born in southern Sweden and educated at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm (Konstfack). From 1957 – 1965, Alberius worked as a designer at Syco Keramik in Stromstad. In 1963 he began a collaboration with Rörstrand, designing tableware for numerous lines, as well as series of lamps, vases, urns, wall-plates, and other decorative objects. Beginning in 1971, he worked exclusively for Orrefors Glassworks designing similar items. His works were made using the traditional Orrefors glass-blowing techniques of Ariel and Graal: trapping air bubbles within layers of clear glass and layering colored glass within transparent glass, respectively. His work is in the permanent collections of many important museums, including the National Museum of Sweden in Stockholm and the Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg, Sweden.