For Danish glass artist Micha Karlslund painting, drawing, and making collages is as much a part of her studio practice as glassmaking. She creates vessels and panels with images applied to the glass in various techniques such as painting, sandblasting, and silkscreen printed decals where she includes original photography and images appropriated from print and digital media.

Often inspired by living in the Danish countryside, Karlslund finds art to be a way to comprehend and process the world around us. She describes the resulting work as “poems in solid form” or “poetic statements about being.”

Karlslund has served as an external examiner at the School of Design in Copenhagen and Bornholm and has been a member of the board and the Artistic Advisory Council at Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark.

She has exhibited in her native Denmark and internationally since 1988, and is represented in several museums and collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England, and Design Museum Denmark in Copenhagen.

Curriculum Vitae

Education and work

2023Galleri Værk. Opening of an artist driven gallery with 5 other artists and crafts people in Skindergade 5, Ebeltoft, DK.
2022Grantet stay at San Cataldo, Scala, Italy.
2022Organizer of CRAFTS FOR UKRAINE - sales exhibition in favor of the NGO Save The Children. Maltfabrikken, Ebeltoft, DK.
2019Guest Artist. New Glass Now. Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, USA.
2016Artist in residence. Fuel Their Fire program, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, USA.
2010,13,14,15External examiner at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts - The School of Design, Bornholm.
2012Member of the jury for European Glass Context 2012. Fundraiser for KiC (Crafts Fair)
2011-12Runs Atelier Micha Karlslund at the harbour front in Ebeltoft, Denmark.
2009-17Member of the board, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark. Member of the Artistic Advisory Council, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark.
2008Visiting artist at the Glass Programme, Sunderland University, UK.
2006,07,09External examiner at Danmarks Designskole, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2000New studio in Handrup near Ebeltoft, Denmark.
1999External examiner at Danmarks Design Skole, Copenhagen, Denmark.
1996-98Chairman of the Committee for Crafts and Design, The Danish Arts Foundation.
1997Consultant and internal examiner at Institut for Unika, Design Skolen, Kolding, Denmark.
1995-96Board member of The Friends Society, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark.
1991Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, USA.
1990First studio with Steffen Dam, Dam & Karlslund GLAS, Aarhus, Denmark.
1989-90Assistant for glass artists Finn Lynggaard and Tchai Munch.
1988Assistant for glass artist Steffen Dam.

Public and private collections

Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Ernsting-Stiftung. Alter Hof Herding Coesfeld-Lette, Germany.
Glasmuseet Ebeltoft. Denmark.
Hempel Glasmuseum (formerly: The Anneberg Collections) Nykøbing S, Denmark.
Office of Public Works for the collection of Farmleigh. Dublin, Ireland.
Museum of Glass. Tacoma, WA, USA.
Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, USA.
Rijksmuseum Twenthe. Enschede, The Netherlands.
Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY, USA.
The Danish Arts Foundation. Denmark.
The private collection of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II. Denmark.
The Swedish Art Council. Sweden.
Trapholt Art Museum. Kolding, Denmark.
Victoria & Albert Museum. London, UK.


2016Syddjurs Award. The art council's prize.
2005The Ole Haslund Art Foundation, honorary award.
2000Herta Kahs Kunstnerlegat.
1995The Hempel Glass Prize, honorary award.

Public Commision

2015SOL. At Hospice Djursland. Rønde, Denmark.

Solo exhibitions, selected

2023NOVEMBER. Galleri Værk. Ebeltoft, Denmark
2021Fertile Field. On line show. Heller Gallery, NY, USA.
2020Pop Up Show. X-Rummet, Maltfabrikken, Ebeltoft, Denmark
2017The structure of everything. (with Steffen Dam). Heller Gallery, NY, USA.
2015Växternas hemliga Liv. The Glass Factory. Sweden.
2014Come Together. The Study-exhibition. Glasmuseet Ebeltoft. Denmark.
2013HUMAN. Grønbechs Gård. Bornholm, Denmark.
2012Late Bloom - First Move. Atelier Micha Karlslund. Ebeltoft, Denmark.
2004Micha Karlslund. The Gallery Blås & Knåda. Stockholm, Sweden.
2003Heaven beneath us. Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark.
2001A strange little Exhibition. The Grønlund Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2000Sign of Life. The Grønlund Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark.
1999Blown Boxes. The Danish Museum of Decorative Art, Copenhagen, Denmark.
1995Hempel Glass Prize Winner. The Anneberg Collections. Nykøbing S. Denmark.
1993Luscious and luxurious. C.E. Fritzsche, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Selected exhibitions

2023Studioglas aus Dänemark・Modern Glass from Denmark
Europäischen Museum für Modernes Glas, Rödental, Germany
2023Påskeudstilling / Easter Exhibition
Sostrup Castle & Monestary, Denmark
Glasmuseum Lette Ernsting Stiftung, Germany.
2022The Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass.
The Veste Coburg and the European Museum for Modern Glas, Germany.
2022GLASS IS BIOTIFUL III. Biot, France.
2021-23Formens magi – design og kunst. Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg and Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2021En vase er en vase er en vase. Hempel Glasmuseum, Nykøbing S, Denmark.
2019New Glass Now. Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, USA.
2018New Scandinavian Glass. Vessel Gallery, London, UK.
2017-18Handmade. Scandinavian Glass - starting all over. The Glass Facory, Boda, Sweden, Suomen Lasi Museo, Riihimäki, Finland and Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark.
2017-18-19SOFA. Represented by Heller Gallery. Chicago, USA.
2016-17Great Danes. Glazenhuis, Lommel, Belgium and Hempel Glasmuseum, Nykøbing S, Denmark.
2015DG 15 - Forty years of contemporary Glass in Denmark. Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark.
2012KP12. Kunstbygningen. Aarhus, Denmark.
2011Substans 2011. Bredgade Kunsthandel, Copenhagen, DK.
Danish Glass. Ernsting-Stiftungen, Coesfeld, Germany.
Biennalen for Kunsthandvaerk og Design. Koldinghus, Kolding, DK.
2009Echoes of the Sea. Biennale Kijkduin 2009. Haag. The Netherlands.
Moderne glaskunst. Anneberg Samlingerne, Nykøbing S., DK.
2008European Glass Context 2008. Established Artists. Bornholms Art Museum. DK.
Det andet sted. Tendenser 2008. Galleri F 15, Moss, Norway.
Sculptures and Objects. Glass Inspiration. Burgdorf, Switzerland.
Bevægelse. The Grønlund Gallery. Copenhagen, DK.
2007‑08Transparency - Contemporary Glass from Denmark. ArtBeijing, China, Gana Art Center, Seoul and Museum of Art, Seoul, South Chorea. Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou and A4 Gallery, Chengdu, China.
2007Biennalen for Kunsthåndværk og Design. Trapholt Art Museum, Kolding, DK.
2006The Danes - Contemporary Glass at Heller Gallery. New York, USA.
Innerst Inne. Smålands Museum, Växjö, Sweden.
2005Collect. Victoria & Albert Museum. London, UK.
Collectors Ireland 01. The National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland.
2004New Glass from Denmark. Traver Gallery. Seattle, USA.
Collect. Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK.
GLASSS. Holstebro Art Museum and Sophienholm, DK.
Biennalen 2004. Trapholt Art Museum, Kolding and Nordjyllands Art Museum, Aalborg, DK.
2004‑06SOFA. Chicago, USA. Represented by The Grønlund Gallery.
2003Invitational Exhibition Kanazawa, World Craft Forum 2003. Kanazawa, Japan.
Contemporary Danish Glass. W.D.O. Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
2002Refleksioner. Ribe Art Museum, DK.
Biennalen 2002 for KHV og Design. The Danish Museum of Decorative Art. DK.
2001Forårsudstillingen. Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, DK.
Nordic Glass 2000. Finlands Glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland and Tallina Kunstihoone, Estonia.
Form i forandring. Horsens Art Museum. DK.
Danish Form - Design in Dialogue. Jacobic Gallery, Lubljana, Slovenia.
2000Dansk Form - Design vom Nachbarn. Stilwerk and Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany.
1999Exhibition of Art Glass 1999. Steninge Castle, Stockholm, Sweden.
1998New Danish Glass. National Glass Centre, Sunderland U.K.
1997Young Glass. Glasmuseet Ebeltoft. DK.
Design Nordic Way. Kalmar, Sweden.
En verden i glass. Hadeland Glassverk, Norway.
Dänisches Kunsthandwerk - Glas und Keramik. Schloss Landestrost, Neustadt, Germany.
1996Glas i Stensalen. The Danish Museum of Decorative Art. DK.
1995-96Glass Dialogue. Arr. by the Danish Institute of Culture, Brussels, Belgium. Shown in Belgium and DK.
1995Dansk Design Aktuelt. Sophienholm. DK.
Glasmuseum Frauenau. Frauenau, Germany.
1994Talentbörse Handwerk 1994. München, Germany.
1989Kunstnernes Påskeudstilling. Aarhus Kunstbygning. DK.
1988Glaskunst Heute. Hamburg, Germany.