Cultural evening – Kari Ulleberg

My life as a craftsman

We are showing Kari Ulleberg's glasses in our new permanent exhibition 20th century - Objects for modern life and on Wednesday 21 February she will come to us to talk about her life as an artisan.

​Kari Ulleberg (born 5 March 1954) is a Norwegian glass artist living in Drammen. She makes drinking glasses, bowls, flacons, candlesticks etc. She is educated at Riksglassskolan in Orrefors in Sweden.

From 1982 to 2003, she ran a glass hut in the old Fossekleiva factories, at Berger in Svelvik municipality, together with Maud Forsblad. In these twenty years, she managed to become a well-known name in the municipality. Among other things, she has designed Svelvik municipality's official millennium glass.

Kari Ulleberg has been a designer for Hadeland Glassverk in Jevnaker from 1991 to 2001. There she designed, among other things, the Vivaldi, Krokus and Biri series. She has also helped design Hadeland Glassverk's vocational training programme, and helped write the book "Glass, a textbook in the glass trade".

In 2006, she opened a glass cabin at Union brygge in Drammen, in the old premises of Brodahl's Gummivarefabrikk. In connection with Drammen's 200th anniversary, her workshop was noted with a visit by HM King Harald and HM Queen Sonja.[4]

She has had a number of collective exhibitions, including Nordisk Glass in Copenhagen and Reykjavik, Exhibition and Glass Craft as well as NIKI Contemporary Art in Japan, ”So we raise the glass” in the Kunstindustrimuseet in Oslo, in Galleri JMS, and two exhibitions in Munich. Among other things, she has had separate exhibitions during the Festivals in Northern Norway, in JMS in Oslo, Glasgalleri Lafontaine in Saarbrücken and "Glasfaberiquernes Skaal" in the Norwegian Mining Museum.