Transjö Hytta is a small workshop in the forests of the "Glass
Kingdom" of southern Sweden. It was started in 1982 by two
Master Glassmakers from the Kosta Boda factory which is famous for
its modern designs. At Kosta, also the oldest factory in Sweden
(1742), Jan-Erik Ritzman and Sven-Åke Carlsson worked with
world renowned designers and collaborated in the invention of what
is now called "Mid-Century Modernism".
Eventually Jan-Erik and Sven-Åke decided to strike out on
their own and set up a "laboratory" for glass. It would
be a place to make their own work, but with room to continue to
collaborate with visiting artists, as well as a home for an international
Their own work combines their extensive technical knowledge with
their equally strong connection to the restrained and elegant Scandinavian
aesthetic. Jan-Erik and Sven-Åke's work has been exhibited
internationally in many museums and galleries.
Jan-Erik Ritzman began working at the Kosta Boda factory
in 1957, becoming the Master of the Art Glass team in 1964,
the youngest person ever to do so. Since the early 1970's
Jan-Erik has traveled the world teaching and consulting, from
China to Swaziland. He was the first European Glass Master
to demonstrate glassblowing in the United States.
Sven-Åke Carlsson began his career in glass in 1972
at the Kosta Boda factory. In 1976, along with another Master
from Kosta, Sven-Åke created the first independent glass
workshop run by experienced people from "the industry".
He has taught glassblowing internationally, from Japan to
the United States.
Transjö is the name of the small village where we are located.
Transjö means Crane Lake and is pronounced TRAN-SHER.
Hytta is a Swedish word meaning Glass Factory and is pronounced
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