GENERATIONS OF GLASS CRAFT AND DESIGN
When the first furnace was lit in Målerås 1890, an epoch started where the knowledge and pride in producing fine work has continued through the generations. During the centuries our products have developed from necessary items such as mouth blown windows or medicine bottles to beautiful usable tableware and statement sculptures. Skilled designer’s capable of capturing the crystal’s characteristics has been vital. Among them Mats Jonasson, known as the son of Målerås and the glassworks, stands out. Mats Jonasson’s talent as a designer attracted attention early on when he started work as an apprentice engraver at the glassworks in 1959. Over the next few decades he worked with many of the most respected contemporary glass artists in Sweden. During this period, he developed that natural style of his which he’s since perfected.
MATS JONASSON - A TRUE PATRIO
After some turbulent decades with a number of different owners and closure threats, Mats Jonasson saved the glasswork from an uncertain future when he bought it in 1981. Mats was certain in his vision to keep the glassworks in Målerås and preserve the craft tradition in the village. Since 1981 Mats Jonasson has been gathering capable people around him. This concentration has yielded results beyond expectation and inscribed the works in the Swedish glass history as one of the most successful. The production of glass reliefs that has become the characteristic of the works has turned out into a profitable business. The Mats Jonasson family is now the majority owner of Målerås Glasbruk and the basic idea never changes; handmade crystal manufactured at the glassworks in Målerås. At Målerås Glasbruk, the handicraft is at the center.
HANDMADE IN SWEDEN
All production is performed and handmade in Målerås and this makes every piece of crystal unique. The glassworks has proudly preserved most of the old techniques. The key to success is the cast crystal in combination with the unbelievably detailed design. The glassworks also owns a local iron foundry where all the moulds and details for art glass are produced. This is an important part of the Målerås success story.
With an extensive and impressive product development by talented designers, and later on performed by skilled craftsmen, Målerås has all necessary qualities to keep on surprising Sweden and the world with wonderful handmade crystal. Målerås Glasbruk creates both top quality household glassware and a unique form of art glass. Målerås Glasbruk is a true trustee of the traditions of art in Swedish glass. Swedish handmade crystal. At its very best.