Over the course of 40 years, Pia has produced a massive body of work, including paintings, textile, blown glass, murals and faux finishes. Pia finds inspiration from both of her home countries—America with its vitality and boldness, and Sweden with its Nordic light and long tradition of craftsmanship. In addition to creating original works, Pia has owned and operated three art galleries, a Swedish clothing boutique, and a interior design company.
Originally from Alingsås, Sweden, Pia started her artistic career in 1971 at the Orrefors School of Glass, and then became an engraver at Kosta Glass in Småland. In 1974, Pia moved to the United States to co-found a glass studio in Collinsville, Connecticut. She has lived in the Farmington River Valley since then, though she travels frequently to Sweden for art or craft shows and her design business.
With its beauty and quality, Pia’s glasswork has become sought after, and her pieces are held in many museums and private collections. She has been represented at prestigious museums such as theSmithsonian, Corning Glass Museum, American Craft Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and the Swedish American Museum in Chicago. Numerous magazines, books, and telecasts have also featured her work.
About Pia’s Venetian Plaster Painting
Pia’s unique Venetian plaster painting is now her chosen medium of expression. The boldly colorful paintings present nature in its vast and textured glory, invoking life’s energy. They seem to epitomize Pia’s love of this unique, original creative process.