After more than a year looking for the Finnish Glass Museum’s catalog from their 2009 Gunnel Nyman exhibition, I was finally able to borrow one from a university and make a digital copy for myself for reference.
As close as I ever got to a copy of my own was on French ebay a year or so ago, where it sold for over $160 (sadly, not to me). I have found it impossible to buy anywhere. I genuinely envy those who were able to purchase it while it was still available. I am a great fan of her glass.
The book is called “Gunnel Nyman: Beauty Captured in Glass”. It is 162 pages long with extensive photographs, many in color, and is in English, Finnish and Swedish. It includes a 40 page catalog of most of Nyman’s glass pieces, with descriptions, dimensions and method of production.
It also includes her (to me) quite moving essay on the subject of glass, which she wrote in 1948, the year she died at the age of 39.
There is also information on her furniture design, her lighting design and other biographical information. It is by far the best single source of information regarding Nyman and her work. The scholars who wrote it and the staff and photographers of the Finnish Glass Museum all did a magnificent job.
This book’s copyright is held by the museum of course, but if you send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, I will send you the link for downloading a pdf file of the book. It is a 150mb file. Please use “Nyman book” as the email subject line.
This is for glass research only, not for sale. As far as I can tell, the museum has no intention of printing any more of them.