Målerås Travel Guide

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    by Trekki Updated Aug 12, 2013

    At Målerås, they have developed a new technique with glass. Instead of only blowing objects, they cast three-dimensional objects and engrave these. The result is quite beautiful artwork, although one must like it because it might appear a bit kitschy. Nevertheless, it is art and from the process, it is more hand work involved due to the engraving processes. When I was there, I saw a glass blower working on an angel (usual blowing) but this one involved several fascinating steps with adding gold foil on one of the glass layers. I made many photos but have added only some to my Målerås album because of the artist’s legitimate fear of being counterfeited. The gold foil technique is quite known among the workers though. There is an interesting video of Målerås glass works on their homepage.

    Entry to the factory: no fee.

    General recommendations about visiting glass works factories:
    * Look at their websites first to get an idea of what they are famous for. Then it is easier to choose which one you would like to visit.
    * Take into account that the workers work from 7 a.m. to latest 4 p.m., so you might like to get up early in case you want to visit several during one day.
    * Plan some time for shopping. Make notes of what you would like to buy before you go. You will be overwhelmed by the selections anyhow, so it is good to know what to expect.
    * When you visit a factory, please ask if it is allowed to take photos. In several cases it is not allowed due to the legitimate fear of the usual “dragonland” counterfeits. If you take photos, use the “sport” setting on your camera. Be aware that the light conditions inside the factories are often not good for taking photos. Try and avoid flash when the guys are working on the objects (it distracts them).
    * Wear light clothes: it can be very hot inside. And don’t wear your Sunday dress and shoes, it might be dirty inside. The workplaces are cleaned in the evening but not every hour or so.
    * Consider to buy the Glass Pass, in case you want to visit more factories. It costs only 95 SEK (status of 2011) and allows you free entrance to any of the glass factories, a 10% discount on any purchase above 500 SEK, plus discounts at many other shops, museums, accommodation, restaurants, activities (like blowing glass on your own).

    Location of Målerås on Google Maps.

    © Ingrid D., April 2011 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

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Målerås Shopping

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    by Trekki Updated Aug 12, 2013

    Målerås was a surprise to me. Yes, I have seen their objects in the information brochure but to see them three-dimensional and to touch them made me aware how much the glass masters actually invent new techniques. The ones at Målerås have invented the one to cast the molten glass into molds which have been made based on drawings for the desired objects. The cast glasswork is then etched and carved furtheron and at the end it is painted from the back side. Very delicate work, albeit some might look kitschy. There are animals, faces, hearts, torsos, vikings, runic letters and stone carvings, flowers, Dala horses, you name it. Most of the objects are painted afterwards but several are not. And they make little glass objects as pendants (see photos). Most of the objects were not exactly my taste but I liked the ones with sunflower, daisy and poppy. They look berutiful in a row in sunny days and for the rainy season can be used with another invention of the glass factories, a little pedestal with light bulb which illuminates from the bottom.
    Their prices are fair, given the amount of work after the cast (etching, painting) I found them even quite reasonable compared to the others. For my flowers I paid 355 SEK each (the price with glass pass), I found it on a UK website for 86 USD, 70 € or 68 GBP (the one which says Floral Fantasy), which is about the double price. There is an US website as well but they have mostly the animals, bodies and other flower objects, so I cannot compare their prices with the ones at Målerås.

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    More photos of their work in my Målerås albums.

    Directions:
    Målerås Hytta is located east of Växjo and northeast of Kosta Hytta. From Växjö, drive road 25 eastward until the village of Eriksmala. Turn north (left) here at the roundabout, pass Kosta and turn right onto road 31 direction Nybro, Kalmar, Orrefors. After approx. 10 km, the sign Målerås Glas Bruk will lead to the left (north) and then it is another 1 km to the factory and shop. Google maps though suggests another road, 23 north out of Växjö, then direction Dädesjö (the one with the old church), south into 31 at Lenhovda and further on until the exit to Målerås.

    Location of Målerås on Google Maps.

    © Ingrid D., April 2011 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

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