The heart of the Glass Studio is the melting pot which holds the liquid glass mass. The glass as material provides new possibilities and new challenges constantly. Time and repetition are needed to create a finished product.

It is the heat and the glowing mass that creates magic, the possibilities for your creation are lying ahead of you. It’s an intense work. You have to endure failure and try to understand the glass, to succeed. I have a strong desire to express my creativity through my glass work, this is my voice in the world.I have a strong interest for and get inspired by nature and wildlife. The strong emotions I have for untouched nature is something I wish to convey through the glass I present in my workshop.

The past year I have been working with the concept of the River. I have been exploring the theme of water in motion, creeping around the rocks in the river. I have been working to visualize flowing water and exploring the combination of Clear Glass and stone. I have developed the ‘Clear Water’ series, of sculptural lying vases, and glass vases melted over round river stones.

Merete Rein established her glassblowing studio and gallery in 2012. Situated in Aurlandsvangen in the municipality of Aurland.


Education
2006-2008 Nordic course, National School of Glass in Orrefors, Sweden

Courses and workshops
2019: Graal Masterclass The Glass Hub, UK, with Ruth Dresman and Sonja Klinger
2014: Nuutajarvi, Finland, with S. Muzolowski and Rick Allan
2017: Engelsholm Art School, Danmark, with Anja Kjær.

Practice
2008-2012 establishing the glassblowing studio in Aurland, autumn 2012
2011-2012 temporary rental of the Eco energy warehouse, where I worked with glass for one and a half years
2007 Stavanger Glass Works
2007 Orrefors Glass Works

Grants
Aurland County Council 2019, Industrial development grant
Establishment grant from Innovation Norway 2012

Exhibitions
DOGA, Design and Architect Center in Oslo, ‘Levande Lokale’, Exhibition 2018
Florø Art Association, Christmas exhibition, 2017
Walaker Hotel, Summer exhibition 2016
Luster Art Association 2015
Alversund Gallery 2014
Høyanger Art Association 2014
Culture Church, Geilo 2013