I was invited by Stockholm's Glasbruk to try my hand at glassblowing! Swedish crystal and glass are very popular, with well-known glass design companies like Orrefors and Kosta Boda. Visitors to Sweden often want to buy Swedish glass and crystal to take back home with them and there are plenty of places to purchase these items throughout Stockholm. I often get questions from hotel guests wanting to visit the Orrefors and Kosta Boda glassworks and they are disappointed to learn that these are located in southern Sweden.
|The glassworks as seen from the shop.|
|Some of the beautiful handmade glassware on sale at the shop.|
try your hand at glassblowing! This was the reason for my visit last week. The package includes entrance to Skansen, a guided tour around the shop and glassworks, and blowing your own glass or glass ball (under supervision of one of the masters). You also get to keep the glassware you created, which is delivered to the hotel the next day (after it has time to cool). You also have the choice of adding a traditional Swedish fika to the package. Shipping abroad and booking times after regular opening hours are both possible at an extra cost. You can book this package on their website or, if you are staying at the Rival Hotel, contact me directly to book.
|Glassmaster helping me dip the molten glass in pigment.|
|Shaping the glass and...|
|The finished glassware arrives at the hotel.|
|Pretty good for my first try!|