Collection: Ulrica Hydman Vallien

Versatile Artist in Glass and Painting

Ulrica Hydman Vallien, the Swedish artist known for her unique work with glass and painting, left a significant impact on the art world. Born in 1938 and passed away in 2018, she was most prominent for her characteristic glass artworks of writhing snakes, tulips and wolves, as well as her colorful paintings.

She made her glass art debut in 1972 and immediately attracted attention by challenging the conservative norm. Hydman Vallien chose to debut with the "Rat Bowl", a glass form decorated with large black rats. Despite its artistic courage, the dish encountered resistance from the industry and was rejected by management, preventing it from going into production.

Ulrica Hydman Vallien was not only a glass artist but an all-round artist. She experimented with various art forms, including ceramics inspired by Mexican pottery. Her artistry extends over glass and acrylic paintings to ceramics, watercolors and textiles.

Internationally, she became known as one of the 50 artists who had the honor of decorating the British Airways fleet. Her art adorns airplane tails, napkins, china, tickets and stationery, further cementing her place as a pioneering artist.

Ulrica Hydman Vallien leaves behind an artistic legacy that not only celebrates her courage and creativity but also highlights the versatility of the world of art.


Art department 1958–1962 in Stockholm where she studied ceramics and glass

During her studies, she went on study trips to the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain, and after completing her education, she went on study trips to Mexico and the USA


Permanent exhibition at VIDA Museum & Art Gallery
Artisans in Stockholm
Gallery Kamras in Borgholm
National Museum, Stockholm


National Museum in Stockholm
The modern Museum
Kalmar Art Museum
Gothenburg Art Museum
Röhs museum
Malmö Art Museum
Norrköping Art Museum
Sundsvall's museum, Kulturen
Småland museum - Sweden's glass museum in Växjö
Halland's cultural history museum
Eskilstuna Art Museum
Borås Art Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum in London