Portrait Mia Lerssi


Mia Lerssi (1972) is a Danish independent visual artist and crafts woman, working in the expanded field of craft, art and design. In her work she looks for the aesthetic qualities of glass; as material, as concept, as form, as transparency and as eye candy. Her focus is on material culture, material identity and material sensuality. Especially material sensuality is the core of her work, and reflects in many ways on social structures and personal matters. She uses personal experiences and human interactions as fuel for her work. Mia has exhibited at various museums, events and art fairs fx. Glasmuseet Ebeltoft – Denmark, Glazen Huis Lommel – Belgium and Mindcraft-Danish Craft, Milano – Italy. Mia has pieces in various collections.

In 2014 Mia moved from Amsterdam to Bornholm in Denmark, where she now live and work. For a period of 10 years, from 2003 – 2013 Mia lived in Amsterdam/Holland where she achieved her MFA degree from The Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam,  and afterwards lectured the glass dep. of The Gerrit Rietveld Academie from 2008- 2012. She has her foundation in traditional Swedish glass blowing skills that she achieved from 1995-1998 at the Kosta Glass School in Sweden.

Alongside her career as an artist she has been external examiner and guest teacher on glass educations in Europe. She is on the board of the Arts and Crafts Association of Bornholm, ACAB, and for ACAB she is on the board of the Craft Center Grønbechsgård on Bornholm, Denmark.


Changes due to COVID19

– Chinese Whispers, part of From Where We Stand, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark is on till 24th of May 2020.

50 years GRA at Het Glazen Huis Lommel, Belgium will continue to be on display summer 2020. My latest solo project I Sense You in Anything 2 is therefore still on display…

– The planned exhibition BRAUN, COLBERG & LERSSI will still follow follow the European Glass Context 2020 programming on Bornholm, Denmark when it now becomes European Glass Context 2021.



2020 Summer Pop-up Shop HÅNDVÆRKET, a group of 20 members of Arts and Crafts Association, Gudhjem Mill, Bornholm. Follow #butik_haandvaerket and @craftsbornholm on instagram to meet members and their products.

2020 Arts and Crafts Association Bornholm’s yearly exhibition, Grønbechsgaard, Denmark.


Group shows

2019 Chinese Whispers, part of From Where We Stand, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark.

2019 New Horizons, 50 years GRA, Museum van der Togt, Amstelveen, The Netherlands.

2019 Plastik, Eks-rummet, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2019 Arts and Crafts Association Bornholm’s annual exhibition, Grønbechsgaard, Denmark.

2018 Arts and Crafts Association Bornholm’s annual exhibition, Grønbechsgaard, Denmark.

2018 Arts and Crafts Association Bornholm’s new members exhibition, Grønbechsgaard, Denmark.

2017 Great Danes, Hempel Glasmuseum, Denmark.

2017 Great Danes, Hempel Glasmuseum, Denmark.

2016 Great Danes, Het Glazenhuis Lommel, Belgium.

2015 Danish Glass – 40 years of modern glass, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark.

2013 Once and again – an exploration of Simulacrum, National Glasmuseum Leerdam, The Netherlands.

2012 The Object, International Glass Prize, Glazen huis, Lommel, Belgium. Co-lab with Monique Horstman.

2012 30x30x30 – small sculptures, Chiaki Kamikawa Contemporary Art, Cypres.

2012 European Glass Context, Bornholm, Denmark.

2012 Delicious Design, Dutch Design Week, The Netherlands.

2012 Domasstication, Nuit Blanche, Lods 6, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 

2012 Domassstication, The Lloyd Hotel, Amsterdam, Denmark.

2012 Glasrijk Tubbergen, The Netherlands.

2012 Would you…, Mint Shop, London, Great Britain.

2011 Homage to Bornholm, Grønbechsgaard, Denmark.

2010 The young, the beautiful and the really annoying, Glasmuseum Alter Hof Herding, Germany.

2010 Mindcraft, Danish Crafts, Salone Internazionale Del Mobile 2010 Milano, Italy.

2009 Cinderella is a Slut, Petersburg Project Space, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 

2009 Domesticated Wilderness, Platform21, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 

2009 Glas(s) Gerrit Rietveld Acad. Amsterdam 1969-2009, Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, The Netherlands. 

2008 Glas nu, Kunstpaviljoen, Nieuw-Roden, The Netherlands. 

2008 Young & Loving, S12, Bergen, Norway.

2008 Langer Licht, De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 

2008 Wall, Petersburg Projects Space, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2008 Freedom belongs to the man who has the balls to…, Kunstvlaai 7, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2007 Art Copenhagen with Galleri Drud & Køppe, Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2007 Young Glass, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark.

2007 Unbeschreiblich Weiblich, RC de Ruimte, Ijmuiden, The Netherlands.

2007 Travels through Paradise, Platform 21, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2007 Glasrijk Tubbergen, The Netherlands.

2007 The Biannual for crafts and design, Trapholt og Koldinghus, Denmark.

2007 Collect with Galleri Drud & Køppe, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Great Britain.

2007 United Colors of Drud & Køppe, Copenhagen-DK

2006 Love Machine, Kunstvlaai, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2006 SOFA with Galleri Drud & Køppe, Chicago, USA. 

2006 how to love juicy jams and jags, Gallery Drud & Køppe, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2006 Glass Route Lier, Belgium.

2005 Symposium Gorinchem, Fort Vuren, Gorinchem, The Netherlands.

2005 The Installation, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam-NL.

2004 Oss’ mig, Frederiksberg Have, Copenhagen, Denmark. A co-lab w. Anne Thorning.

2004 Glashavet, Frederiks Bastion, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2004 Glas i bevægelse, Gjethuset, Frederiksværk, Denmark.

2004 Siden sidst…dansk glas 2004, Ebeltoft Glasmuseum, Denmark.

2004 Are you a pleaser or a pleasure?, Istedgade 104, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2003 How far would you go for art?, DnerveLab, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2003 Talente 2003, Handwerksmesse, Munich, Germany.

2003 Le Dejeune, La Maison Danoise, Paris, France.

2002 Jul i Officinet, Danske Kunsthåndværkere, Copehagen, Denmark.

2002 Young & Hot Emerging Glass Artists of Europe, GAS – Glass Art Society, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2002 La Ligne Danois, Galleri Dix-Sept, Carole De Bona, Paris, France.

2001 Graduation Show, DADK, Bornholm Art Museum, Bornholm, Denmark.

2001 Graduation Show, Den Sorte Diamant, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2001 Graduation Show, Glasmuseum Ebeltoft, Denmark.

2001 Graduation Show, Nordiska Kristall Magasinet, Stockholm, Sweden.

1998 Glasblåserpolka – inte bara en dans paa rosor, Vaxjo Glasmuseum, Sweden.


Solo Shows

2019 Artistic residency and exhibition, part of 50 years GRA, Het Glazen Huis Lommel, Belgium.

2014 Associationer, Grønbechsgaard, Hasle, Bornholm, Denmark.

2013 BRIGHT LIGHT, ING Bank, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2011 Hairless Red Rig, Galerie Sangreal, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Co-lab with Lisa Gherardi.

2008 The Meeting/The Onlookers, De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 

2008 Heart of Glass, Gallery Køppe, Copenhagen, Danmark.



Bornholm Art Museum, Denmark

De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 

Art Foundation of 14th of august, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Danish Arts Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Collection of Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, Denmark.



2019 – Representative for ACAB in the board of Grønbechsgård, Denmark.

2018 – Suppleant, Board of ACAB (Arts & Craft association of Bornholm), Denmark.

2010 – 2016 Member of the artistic board, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark.



2019 – 2018 Consultant, project start up 588, Bornholm, Denmark.

2017 – 2014 Research, design and product development, Pernille Bülow A/S, Bornholm, Denmark.

2012 – 2008 Lecturer, Glass dep. The Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 

2009 Organiser, European Glass Symp.”Scratching the Surface-Matters of Perception”, The Netherlands.


Teaching & Lectures

2016 Guest teacher/workshop, Glas dep. Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2012 External examiner, KADK, Bornholm, Denmark.

2012 Guest teacher, KADK, Bornholm, Denmark

2012 Guest teacher, Engelsholm, Denmark.

2010 External examiner, IKA, Mechelen, Belgium.

2010 Lecture w. Caroline Prisse, Hasselt University College, Belgium.



2005 – 2007 Master of Fine Art, Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 

2003 – 2005 Glass Department, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 

1998 – 2001 The Royal Danish Academie, Design School Bornholm, Denmark.

1995 – 1998 Kosta Glass School, Kosta, Sweden

Workshops – as participant

2006 This is America, Central Museum Utrecht, The Netherlands. 

2005 Orrefors Factory, Sweden

2001 Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, USA.

1999 Corning Museum of Glass, NY, USA.


Grants & awards

2012 Shortlisted for The Int. Glass Prize, Ch. Van Der Seijs Fundation, Het Glazen Huis Lommel, Belgium. Co-lab with Monique Horstmann.

2009 Ole Haslund Merit Award, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2007 Nationalbankens Jubilaeumsfond af 1968. 

2006 Lambo-Rijssen BV, Rijssen-NL.

2006 Geotech BV, Haarlem-NL.

2006 Bison-NL.

2009 Merit award, Ole Haslund Fond, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2002 The Danish National Bank’s Anniversary Foundation of 1968,  ​​​Copenhagen, Denmark.

2002 The Danish National Bank’s Anniversary Foundation of 1968,  ​​​Copenhagen, Denmark.

2002 Crafts.dk, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2001 Travel Grant, Nationalbankens Jubilæumsfond, Denmark.

2000 Dansk Tennis Fond, Copenhagen, Denmark.

1999 Det Reiersenske Fond, Copenhagen, Denmark.

1999 The Charles A. Dana Foundation, New York, NY, USA.

1999 Klintfonden, Odense, Denmark.

1997 The Royal Danish Embassy, Stockholm, Sweden.

1996 The Royal Danish Embassy, Stockholm, Sweden.