Emmaboda Kommun

SÖLA HISTORY

In the glass industry, the creation has always been a collective process. Despite of this, the history of design has mainly focused on the individual artist.

Söla - the process of glassblowers undertaking projects after working hours in order to practice. This project seeks to broaden the perspective by developing the historical understanding, as well as documenting and advancing the intangible cultural heritage in the field of practising glass artists and glass craftspeople. It is of great importance to do the project now as the practitioners and glass workers, who possess this intellectual heritage are aging. The traditional methods in the glass field have been classified as UNESCO cultural heritage in several European countries, including Germany with 2018 as the year of material heritage in Europe. The government's bill for cultural tradition 2016/17: 116, adopted by the parliament in early 2017, also emphasizes this cultural heritage. The project includes practical knowledge development, exhibitions, artistic historical research, and an inventory of the need for methodical development for future work on the cultural heritage.

The project begins with a research phase where Christina Zetterlund, Lecturer at Linnaeus University, together with Maja Heuer of The Glass Factory interviews glass workers about the history of ‘sölning' and the use of the method at the glassworks. We will also utilise the archives for footage and other source material. This research phase is a form of basic knowledge because it is a story that is not yet written. Together with the glass artist Simon Klenell, there will be a gathering of contemporary practitioners at the training session and developmental workshops that will then form material that will be part of an exhibition and a seminar.

In cooperation with the National Cultural Council and the Regional Council in Kalmar County.