Born in 1971, Erika Höglund was raised in a family of artists in Småland, Sweden. Both her father, Erik Höglund, and her mother, Monica Backström, are well known glass artists. So, perhaps it was only a matter of time before Erika started expressing herself through crystal.
As a child she was fascinated by the teamwork that existed between the glassblower and the designer and what they could achieve by working together on glowing crystal. With this background and a fiercely independent and often world and fantastic streak of creativity, Erika has opened up completely new perspectives in what can be achieved in the medium of crystal.
Erika has attended at Parsons Institute in New York, an art school which has influenced and inspired her a great deal. After her studies, Höglund went to Mexico and Guatemala, where she decided to settle down for a while as a local. Her experience there was a fruitful one. It enabled her to eventually bring back to Sweden a broader understanding in culture, the arts and life in general.
Despite the rich knowledge she gained through her travels, the impressions she received during her stay abroad were not the inspiration behind her first collection. Instead, her source was old, Swedish mythology, "huldran".