Paul Kedelv (1917-1990) was a Swedish glass artist and designer known for his work at the Flygsfors glass factory. Born in the province of Blekinge in southern Sweden, Kedelv began his career in glass making at the Orrefors glass factory in 1936, where he worked as a draftsman. In 1949, he joined Flygsfors glass factory, where he created some of his most iconic works. Kedelv's designs are characterized by their flowing, organic forms, often inspired by nature, and their vibrant colors. One of Kedelv's most famous series is the "Coquille" line, which he designed in the 1950s. The Coquille series features glass pieces with unique shapes and color combinations, resembling the shells of mollusks, which is the inspiration behind the name "Coquille" (French for "shell"). The pieces are crafted using a technique called "cased glass," in which a layer of colored glass is encased within a clear or colored outer layer, creating a striking visual effect. Paul Kedelv's work is highly collectible and can be found in museums, galleries, and private collections worldwide. His innovative designs and craftsmanship have left a lasting impact on the world of glass art and have influenced generations of glass artists.
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