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2000/97/1 Vase, 'Rainforest', crystal glass, made by Ola Hoeglund and Marie Simberg- Hoeglund, Nelson, New Zealand, 2000. Click to enlarge.

'Rainforest' vase by Ola Hoeglund and Marie Simberg- Hoeglund

Among the most important developments in the history of 20th century glass in Europe was the emergence of Scandinavian glass, and in particular Swedish glass from the Orrefors and Kosta-Boda glassworks. Made possible by social reforms and a commitment to producing well-designed objects for all, new Swedish glassware originated in Orrefors in the 1910s where two artist-designers, Simon Gate (1883-1945) and Edward Hald (1883-1980), began working closely with factory craftspeople. They were soon …


Object No.


Object Statement

Vase, 'Rainforest', crystal glass, made by Ola Hoeglund and Marie Simberg- Hoeglund, Nelson, New Zealand, 2000

Physical Description

Vase, 'Rainforest', crystal glass, made by Ola Hoeglund and Marie Simberg- Hoeglund, Nelson, New Zealand, 2000.

Large, oval vase blown in lead-free clear crystal and decorated using a combination of the graal and ariel techniques. The inner 'vase' is decorated with a continuous scene of a stylised bird sitting amongst foliage, cut in the sgraffito technique, with clear lines forming the design against emerald, amethyst and blue-coloured glass. The whole is encased in a thick outer layer of clear glass containing air bubbles. The makers signature is on the base of the vase.


Maker's signature on base, engraved 'OSM Hoeglund NZ'
Round paper white sale sticker, bearing handwritten inscription "26 / $6800" also on base.
A clear oval sticker, printed in black 'Lead-free / crystal' is on the side of the vase.



215 mm


100 kg



Designed by Marie Simberg-Hoeglund and Ola Hoeglund in 1999, Nelson, New Zealand.

Ola Hoeglund and Marie Simberg-Hoeglund were born and educated in Stockholm and Gothenburg respectively. Ola's mother was a ceramic artist and his father, Erik Hoeglund (1932-?) was an artist and a renowned designer for Kosta Boda from 1953 to 1973 (winner of the 1957 Lunning Price). Ola, a glass blower, and Marie, a weaver, married in 1972. After graduating from the Orrefors Glass School they worked for three years in Africa (a Swedish government aid project) establishing glassworks in Swaziland. In 1982, they moved to New Zealand and in 1993 established the Hoeglund Glassblowing Studio in Korurangi on the outskirts of Nelson. A popular place with tourists and local visitors, the studio operates 6 days a week. About 60% of their work is sold locally, the rest going to galleries around New Zealand and overseas. Recently, 'Hoeglund Art Glass' has been appointed an official supplier to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

The painting of the initial glass bubble (lead-free crystal), cooled down in the annealing oven, was completed by Marie Simberg-Hoeglund. She cut the design through several layers of colour. Then the blank (paraison) was re-attached to the glassblower's pipe, reheated and encased with more layers of clear glass and finally blown to its full size by Ola Hoeglund and his team, the initial pattern and air bubbles being stretched and expanded.

The Hoeglunds have been making graal glass for about four years; the ariel technique was only introduced last year.



Displayed in the 'Hoeglund Art Glass' exhibition at the Despard Gallery, Hobart, May 2000.


Credit Line

Purchased, 2000

Acquisition Date

16 August 2000

Cite this Object


'Rainforest' vase by Ola Hoeglund and Marie Simberg- Hoeglund 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 October 2021, <>


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