Scandinavian glass vase by Norwegian designer Benny Motzfeldt for Randjsford Glassworks, c1960s. The vase is of lobed sleeve form with blue bubble-glass interior, cased externally in green. Polished pontil mark to base. The vase measures 17 cm in height.
Benny Anette Berg Motzfeldt (1909 – 1995) was born in Levanger, Norway – graduating from the Norwegian School of Crafts and Art Industry in 1935. Motzfeldt went on to work in commercial art but was introduced to the world of glass making in 1955 when she was employed as a draftsperson for Christiania Glass. Motzfeldt was then engaged as a designer of art glass by Hadeland Glassverk during which time she visited the glass works in Murano. This experience encouraged Motzfeldt to work directly with the glass blowers at the Hadeland glassworks, giving her the opportunity to work more spontaneously with glass and experiment using different shapes and materials. She developed her distinctive style – often characterised by the use of bubbles and metallic inclusions. In 1967 Motzfeldt became artistic director at the Randsfjord Glassworks focusing on the creation of more affordable glassware – drawing on her background to pioneer blurring the distinction between functional glassware and art glass. In 1970 Motzfeldt took over as artistic director at PLUS in Fredrikstad – once again collaborating closely with the glassblowers to push her designs in new directions. Motzfeldt continued her role as artistic director until her death in 1995.
Mid-Century Scandinavian Glass Vase by Benny Motzfeldt for Randjsford c1960s
This vase is in very good original condition with no cracks or chips. Very minor surface signs of age. Please see images as these form an important part of the description.