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Hi, I was advised by a collector from Sweden that the glass I had on my home page, described as "Whitefriars" was not in fact Whitefriars But was made by Ruda Glasbruk. Designed by Gote Augustsson. If you want any further info on this I can give you her email address (that is if your enquiry is genuine) I am not familiar with this glass maker, but was told that the glass was made in the sixties and the factory closed in the 1970's. :D

Bill G:
I have located three towns in Sweden with the name of
Ruda. One is near Finspang which is not too far from Remyre Glass Works and is my guess where this glass works was located. I will contact the Glass Museum in
Vaxjö to see what information they have on the designer
and company.
Thank you for researching in my book
Bill Geary

Ruda Glasbruk existed from 1910 to 1972. Ruda is a town in the "glasriket" or Kingdom of Glass in Sweden. This where all the main glass companies of Sweden are based. Kosta, Orrefors, Maleras etc, are all there.

The most common pieces are in Cobalt Blue and are from the series called "Kobolt". Obviously! LOL!!!

The brown/amber pieces are from the "Orient" series.

A green coloured series that is not common is called "Turkos" (turquoise).

There are clear glass items and also orange and red vases that sort of look like the colours of flames. I don't know the names of these. The blue vases etc, are by far the most common. The only designer that pops up is Gote Augustsson. He was definitely around in the sixties as a lot of the pieces have the transparent Ruda label with his name.

I am still trying to find out more myself about the company and Augustsson. I am also needingto find out more about Aseda Glasbruk and Bo Borgstrom. A holiday in Sweden beckons I think! LOL!

Gote Augustsson worked there from the late fifties until the end in 1972. Apparently they were selling the glass for less than it cost to make! Never a good business plan! That would account for the closure of the factory then.

I would assume it was not very popular at the time. This begs the question as to why did they bother making it?

I'll find out more.

I imagine an importer did bring them in but probably not G Hardy. I have never seen any of their labels on any pieces. They usually have the Ruda label and quite often are without it as it has been lost, washed off etc. Ruda are not among any list of G Hardy suppliers I have found. Very little of the Aseda items found here in the UK have the Aseda label. Unless I am selling them on Ebay!!! LOL!!!

It is quite intriguing though. Very little information is available on the exporting/importing of glass such as this.

I know little about Aseda Glasbruk other than they existed from 1947-1977. Were swallowed by Royal Krona group in 1975 and then closed. I know where the town of Aseda is. Its now mainly involved in the production of Aluminium. Bo Borgstrom was their main/most famous designer but there is little on him. G Hardy obviously took a lot of production. I find it odd that a company that made so much is very much a mystery!

Any info at all would be a bonus!


David, here is a piece that I own you might find interesting.  The lable reads "Svensk Form--Bo Borgstrom---Sweden--Aseda

Another piece in my collection with a lable. This one just says Sweden Aseda. Hope you enjoy Terry in Iowa

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I have found out some more information on Ruda Glasbruk.
They were founded in the village of Ruda on the 14th of June 1920. Prior to this only the Railway Station was there! At first they sold household glass to a company called NK in Stockholm and had several months production bought in advance. The workforce was about 30 and in 1930 the employees took over the factory. Production was modernised an consisted of mainly pressed and blown household glass. Later, Crystal was added. The company was now called AB Nya Ruda Glasindustri.
In 1947 a company called Jungner bought Ruda. Göte Augustsson arrived from this company and became Works Manager and Chief Designer. During the war Göte was involved with making optical glass for various instruments including binoculars. They actually bought Ruda to make fireproof glass and was the only company in Scandinavia to do so! The factory was now to make laboratory glass, household glass, and coloured ornamental glass. They also made items to special order including the red glass for the lanterns for the Swedish State Railway! They also made glass containers for Electrolux products like food processors. Another item was glass containers for Alfa-Laval, a Swedish company who still make milking machines and liquid processing systems today!
The site of Ruda Glasbruk has been in the process of being environmentally cleaned in the last few years due to chemical contamination. For the Blue KOBOLT range they did use Cobalt. Cadmium was used for yellow glass. Cadmium and Selenium was used to make the red railway lanterns. Even the company brochures made a point of the fact all these different metals were used to make the Art Glass! In 1969 the workforce was about 70 and they made about 500 tonnes of glass a year and this continued to the end in 1972. No wonder the place was contaminated!
I am trying to find out more about the specific ranges of glass. I will make this information available when I get it.

Vidfletch :o


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