The glassblowers at Stockholm's Glassworks
Martin's passion for glassblowing began when, as a 15-year-old, he got to try blowing glass during his high school art program in California. Martin's first internship job was at Stockholm's Glassworks when he was 16 years old, and after he graduated from high school, he decided to continue with glassblowing full time. Since then, he has traveled around the world and worked as an intern for famous glass artists. He was then offered to teach and lead the high school glass program, where he got trained. In parallel, he started his own glass art company and showed his glass at art fairs and galleries. In July 2020, he moved from the USA to join the glassblowing team at Stockholm's Glassworks.
Aleksandra graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts, Department of Glass Art and Design (MA). Aleksandra has always created with her own hands and began her creative journey with painting. Her passion for glassblowing grew as she worked for seven years as a glass artist and instructor at Olustvere Glassblowing Studio in Estonia. She has had several internships at glass studios around Europe and the United States. Aleksandra is one of the founders of the glass design brand MSK Glass, a group of three female Estonian artists. The collaboration started with their first work exhibited at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair. In July 2020, she moved from her home country Estonia to join the glassblowing team at Stockholm's Glassworks.
Chinbat has worked as a glassblower in the Czech Republic for 22 years. He started blowing glass at the age of 17, went to school for three years, and then worked in three different glass factories: Rückla Synove, Jakob, and Glasstar. In the Czech Republic, the situation at the factories was very different from Skansen's studio. Being a part of a production line, the glassblowers had little room for growth or challenges as an artist. He is well used to the fast pace and good at manufacturing glass. Chinbat likes the intense pigments and finds it rewarding combining colors and shapes. He has worked at Stockholm's Glassworks since 2014 and today especially enjoys sculpting various glass animals.