Story of Lofoten Glass

At Lofoten Glass you can bring the Northern Light with you…

From Trondheim to Lofoten, with inspiration from her father’s chemistry laboratory. Combining history, chemistry, and magic!

In Kabelvåg, only a 7-min drive from Svolvær, Cathinka Mælum found her perfect spot to establish her very own glass cabin. A small village with rich history that stretches back 8000 years. And at her glass cabin, true magic is being created before your very own eyes as you watch her in action.

Lofoten Glass also offer some transfer in knowledge through workshops in making glass beads. During this experience, you can get a sense of what it’s like to work with liquid glass in front of the flames. It’s an experience for everyone, and you’ll end up with your very own finished product.

If that’s not enough to quench your thirst for artistic endeavours, Cathinka also organises evening events where she demonstrates her craft. You can watch closely how she makes her designs and different the different techniques she uses.

*All images by: Aurora Stenersen

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In the mystical and ancient realm of glassblowing, where time-honored traditions intertwine with contemporary finesse, there exists an extraordinary artist named Cathinka Mæhlum. Hailing from the breathtaking landscapes of Lofoten, her heart beats in harmony with the rhythmic dance of molten glass, and her creations echo the whispers of centuries past.

Cathinka’s passion for this age-old craft is an ode to history itself. With a masterful touch, she delicately weaves the threads of heritage, breathing life into each masterpiece she molds. But she is no mere guardian of the past; she is an innovator, a trailblazer of modern elegance. In her studio, the past and the present engage in a mesmerizing dance, culminating in designs that transcend time.

Dreams become reality

However, the inception of this mesmerizing journey was far from the picturesque vistas of Lofoten. As a young dreamer, Cathinka found herself immersed in her father’s alchemical sanctuary in the ancient city of Trondheim. There, amidst the scientific marvels and glass vessels, the young artist’s fate was sealed. Her nimble hands learned the art of sealing glass ampoules, igniting a flame of curiosity and fascination within her soul.

From those humble beginnings, Cathinka’s artistic journey flourished like the blossoms of the Arctic spring. She ventured into the heart of the glassblowing world, honing her craft under the tutelage of skilled artisans who imparted the secrets of the furnace and the sacred art of shaping glass.

From the forge to your house? All designs masterfully created – each piece unique.

History embedded in art

Today, her creations are not just mere objects; they are embodiments of stories etched in every curve and caress. Each piece tells a tale of dedication, of passion, and of the beauty that emerges when history and innovation embrace.

As the sun dips below the horizon, casting a warm glow over the tranquil waters of Lofoten, Cathinka stands at her forge, ready to breathe life into the molten glass once more. With each stroke of her skilled hand, she captures the essence of time itself, leaving an indelible mark on the art of glassblowing.

The famous Northern Lights inspired “Aurora Vase”...

Step into the enchanting world of Cathinka Mæhlum, where the flames of the past illuminate the boundless possibilities of the present, and immerse yourself in a tale that transcends artistry itself. Join her on a journey that beckons you to witness the symphony of glass, where history and contemporary design converge in a breathtaking crescendo, inviting you to glimpse the essence of eternity within the fragile beauty of glass.