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Klart is driven by the glass artists Kari Håkonsen and Vidar Koksvik. They work with a wide spectrum of techniques in their workshop. They both do unique art glass pieces and interior decoration to giveaways and functional products as wineglasses, bowls and vases. They both have experience of studies and work internationally. They contributed both to several exhibitions and received grants and awards for their work.

All photos of "Hildring" and Vidars work are taken by Morten Brun. Photos of "Mellomverk" is taken

Kari Håkonsen
Kari (b. 1969) has her education from Orrefors Glass School in Sweden and Surrey Institute of Art and Design in the UK. She has worked in several glass studios before she and her husband Vidar Koksvik settled with their own studio in Hedmark in Norway in 2002. Her work has been exhibited world wide and she is represented in the collections of the major art museums in Norway.

“The process of glass blowing is as essential as the material glass itself to my creativity. The teamwork, physicality and immediacy of the process, along with the intense heat, form a dynamic environment conducive to my artistic development.

My Insertion series is inspired by traditional female art and popular expressions. I am fascinated by the artistic and technical expertise these kinds of objects often involve.

Both the Insertion sculptures and the Othilie vases and bowls are all made in glass, blown freehand. They are then carved, engraved and sandblasted with patterns and designs from lace and crochet work.

In the Insertion series all reference to function is left behind. I am left with a free sculptural form in thinly blown glass held together by delicate connections of glass. My expressions are precise and dynamic with an intricate surface and a material stretched to its very limit.

I find all the lace and crochet work in second hand shops and flea markets. Sometimes I can find a bag full of textiles for almost no money. Someone spent weeks making them and when they are valueless for the previous owner they turn into gold for me. The patterns, though the fabric itself is destroyed in the process, are forever preserved in my work.”

They are members of Norske Kunsthåndverkere (Norwegian arts and craft) and their work have been bought by Kunstindustrimuseene (The Art museum in Norway) to their collections. Their gallery and hotshop at Tjura is open for visits daily. You can also find their work for sale at Galleri Format (Osla and Bergen), Kunsthåndverkerne at Kongens gate and Kunstindustrimuseene in Oslo and Trondheim.

You can find us at www.klartglass.no.


Vidar Koksvik
Vidar (b. 1969) has his education from Orrefors Glass School in Sweden and Surrey Institute of Art and Design in the UK. He has worked in several glass studios before he and his wife Kari Håkonsen settled with their own studio in Hedmark in Norway in 2002. His work has been exhibited world wide and he is represented in the collections of the major art museums in Norway.

“I am a glass sampler. My glassblowing technique is developed from a mixture of influences; some from the Swedish glass school, a bit of the summers at the Norwegian Randsfjord Glass factory (industrial), throw in some American-Venetian and a hint of British. My artistic language is created much in the same matter; I have a fascination for historical glass, I look to modern glass, other crafts and arts and it all informs my own expression in the material.“
























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