Finnish glass artists Sini Majuri and Marja Hepo-aho discover the limits of the ancient art of glass in theInfinity Vesselproduction opening in Venice on September 2022. The myth of Pandora comes to live when contemporary glass mixes with holographic art, haunting soundscapes and grim interpretation of AR.
Majuri and Hepo-aho uses augmented reality as a way to illustrate a hidden – subconscious levels of human mind, where all the fears live. The modern tech reaches the intangible surfaces of expression in the narrative that mirrors the state of the society – asking what happens when human is disconnected from humanity.
As in the myth of Pandora, hope is an important part of the whole, and it is reflected via the profound connection between humanity and craftmanship. The connection is interpreted in a Live glass blowing show at the legendary Berengo Studio Murano.
In the glass show the artists demonstrate how the hope is the final thing released from the Pandora’s vessel. The vessel is paradoxically broken and whole at the same time – as a metaphor to a human.
Infinity Vessel production is a riddle where the participants are experiencing contemporary glass art in a adventurous way. It is a live show, exhibition as well as a real life treasure hunt where valuable glass sculptures are hidden in the maze of Venetian Streets. The open hunt will last for nine days and has a AR level tied to the experience – where the treasure hunters will see the horrors of Pandora spreading across the ancient city.
I’m delighted to receive four design awards from the international A’Design Awards! The summer 2022 collections Pikku, Purnu and Orinnoro as well as Suonenjoki vase designed for the city of Suonenjoki were awarded. It is especially meaningful that studio made glass is represented and appreciated in these sort of design forums in the United Nations International Year of Glass 2022. Furthermore it is great to launch these new collections with such a positive starting point as I have started new collaboration with Momono Design Store in Helsinki! If you are visiting Helsinki, you can find Momono from Yrjönkatu, near Design Museum. I have also started to collaborate with Taiko. You can visit my online gallery from here. It has also been a great honor to be chosen into international Homo Faber guide. You can find my site from here.
One of the most memorable projects have been an interview by Isabel Laine for her Bachelor thesis (Suomalainen lasitaide nykytaiteena. Esimerkkinä Sini Majurin nykylasi) for the University of Turku. The thesis is about the relationship of contemporary glass and contemporary art.
This summer I wanted to create something cute and small. Pikku is my first mini size vase and it is studio made in Suomenlinna island. Vases are inspired by soap bubbles and romantic movies. The philosophy of the Pikku is that the small details in our life are precious. In the hectic world it is important to pay attention to a single flower. Vase won a bronze award and was also noted in Avotakka magazine May issue. The vases can be found from Momono as well as from my studio.
Purnu jar is also something rather flirty, pink and smaller than my usual objects. As a designer I usually prefer using quite voluminous glass, which is still present on the thick bottom of the Purnu jar. Actually 20 cm tall Purnu is a miniature version of Orinnoro jar that is a 65 cm tall. The collection is inspired by marshmallows and pop culture. The design philosophy of the object is to reflect the Northern aesthetics with playful colors and simplified shape. Both Orinnoro and Purnu won Bronze and are created in Riihimäki, Finland at Mafka&Alakoski glass studio. Suonenjoki vase was designed for my home town, Suonenjoki. Therefore it was truly touching to also win an award from the vase.
This spring I have also been designing a new sort of project for the Finnish Craft & Design fair: an unique art piece for the event to use as their theme object. You can find the entire interview about the project from the link. The sculpture was made with traditional graal glass blowing technique and the theme of the piece is The Future. The idea of the sculpture is that one must see up close to see far too. When you look inside an object, you first look through lace, as if through a human craft tradition, inside a cell and into humanity. Hands support the future. At the same time, glass is eternal but fragile. Delicate and strong. It’s kind of a paradox.
Sini Majuri’s exhibition has opened at the Museum of Fine Arts Eemil. The theme of the exhibition ‘Home’ (Finnish Koti) is illustrated via poetic blown glass. Home is something that define ourselves: who we are and who we desireto be. Home can mean Chaos or a Serene safe haven. It can be dangerous. Loving. Home is missed. It’s not for granted to have a home. Especially in the midst of pandemics home has evolved into new dimensions.
The exhibition is part of the program of UN’s international year of glass 2022 – which is why Majuri wanted to highlight the diversity, co-operation and vitality of Finnish contemporary glass in the exhibition. The artist is not only shaping the glass material but the whole creative field and its future.
Studio made glass is an expressive medium that can give a shape to a feeling, the visible and invisible levels of existence. The theme Home is mirrored via multi-layered interpretations of classic Graal- glass blowing technique. Glass story follows the logic of a dream and Home is also seen as a metaphor to a persons psyche. An important part of the narrative is how our own position affects the ways we see each other.
Read more about the exhibition from Iisalmen Sanomat News Paper: Link
Read an aticle from the Contemporary Glass Society: Link
Epic voyage. This expression comes across often, when people describe FRESH Finland’s Venice Glass Week project to us. And it truly was a memorable journey indeed. I started FRESH Finland last winter because I hoped to open a dialogue, locally and globally, between glass people. I believe that it’s meaningful for independent artists to work together in a real, concrete way. Especially in the midst of the pandemics it’s time to start fresh.
The exhibition was held in Bel Air Fine Art. Choosing an international contemporary art gallery as the space was a conscious choice, a statement for the relationship between blown glass and contemporary art. It’s important to see studio made, sculptural pieces in this sort of location and international events. The aim of the project is to create collaborations that last. I must say that focal point of the FRESH Finland is in the future.
FRESH had multiple glass demo’s in Murano: in Berengo Glass Studio as well as in Wave Murano Glass. It was truly touching how people in the studios warmly welcomed our Finnish group and took such good care of us! Blown glass is a living heritage that is in a state of constant reinvention. Therefore demo’s are a way to open the hidden world behind the art. It is also a human way to communicate with glass makers and studios. All the demo’s and lectures were live-streamed via Instagram. While having an adventure in Murano, we were delighted to also visit Museo del Vetro.
FRESH Finland’s core is in the collaboration. In The Venice Glass Week there were both artists with decades of experience as well as professionals that just recently have started their career; in total eight artists that each have their unique recognizable style and expression. It is meaningful to be able to work together in this rare way. It is interesting to see what the future holds! At the moment the FRESH group is starting to plan exhibitions and continuing the philosophy of the project; working together, thinking fresh, expressign fresh.
Sini Majuri’s exhibition is in Gumbostrand Konst & Form till 3.10.2021. Pandemic experiences of Finnish families are mirrored inside Majuri’s latest sculptural works. The series is also invited to the Venice Glass Week HUB in Palazzo Loredan. The sculptures made from mouth blown glass reflect the details of old buildings, fishbone parquet floors, soap bubbles blown in midsummer weddings. They are moods and emotions that can only be captured inside the poetic glass medium. A collection of Majuri’s latest limited edition design series that are awarded in A’Design Award Italy, are also in the exhibition.
Sini Majuri is the founder of a project that takes Finnish glass to The Venice Glass Week in September 2021. FRESH – Contemporary Glass From Finland presents eight glass professionals; artists with decades of experience as well as new talents. Each with a unique, recognizable style in using glass as a medium for their artistic expression. The FRESH exhibition at the Bel Air Fine Art gallery will take place from 4 to 12 September 2021. The unique works of art included provide an exquisite cross-sectional view to contemporary studio glass from Finland. The FRESH team also arranges multiple glass demo’s in Berengo and Wave Studio in Murano as well as lectures during the glass week.
FRESH – Contemporary Glass From Finland exhibition presents a harmonious aesthetic of the North, which meets a delicious use of materials and weightless expression. Created in the artists’ studios, the works have been born of universal themes such as time, memories, emotions and nature. At the same time, they convey a laid-back and happy, playful even, approach to glass as a traditional artistic material. The artists all share a passion of producing high-quality Finnish studio glass objects, inspired by a fresh and bold new approach. The exhibition is an aesthetic and fragile, yet abundant and open-minded ensemble that complements the overall program of the Venice Glass Week.
FRESH is quality of expression. FRESH represents new contemporary glass art from Finland. The works have been made in well-known Finnish studios: Mafka&Alakoski, Lasismi, Glass Studio Hytti and Lasikomppania Glass Cooperative. The FRESH group also arranges multiple demonstrations, lectures and online events during the glass week.
Exhibition opening. Bel Air Fine Art. September 4th at 17 PM
FRESH – Contemporary Glass From Finland exhibition. Bel Air Fine Art, Dorsoduro. Dorsoduro, 728 – Dorsoduro I-30123 Venice. From September 4 to September 12
Demo in Wave Studio, Murano: Sini Majuri, Marja Hepo-aho, Paula Pääkkönen. September 4th. From 10-00 AM – 14.00 PM. Wave Murano Glass Srl – Ramo da Mula 5/1 – Murano
Lecture: Graal: Visual Poetry. Sini Majuri. September 5th. From 13 PM to 14 PM. Hotel Saturnia International, Conference room.
Lecture: Marja Hepo-aho. September 5th 2021. 14.00 PM to 15.00 PM. Hotel Saturnia International, Conference room
Demo in Berengo Studio: Sini Majuri. Etiäinen. Berengo Studio. Murano. September 6. From 15 PM to 16 PM. Berengo Studio, Fondamenta dei Vetrai 109/a, 30141, Murano, Venice
Demo in Berengo Studio: Marja Hepo-aho. Eternal and fragile. Berengo Studio. Murano. September 6. From 16 PM to 17 PM. Berengo Studio, Fondamenta dei Vetrai 109/a, 30141, Murano, Venice
Demo in Berengo Studio: Paula Pääkkönen. Delicious delicacies. Berengo Studio. Murano. September 6. From 17 PM to 18 PM. Berengo Studio, Fondamenta dei Vetrai 109/a, 30141, Murano, Venice
Guided tour FRESH – Contemporary Glass from Finland September 7thFrom 14 PM to 15 PMBel Air Fine Art, Dorsoduro
My exhibition Etiäinen reflects the beliefs and customs related to visiting traditions in Northern Savonia, mixing these with the pandemic experience. The dreamlike works are created from mouth-blown glass in Riihimäki, Suomenlinna and Nuutajärvi. Etiäinen, which premieres in the Kellarikalleria art gallery in Suonenjoki, is supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation. Join the Virtual 360 exhibition by Rautalampilehti from here.
The exhibition also highlights the cooperation in the field of Finnish studio made glass. I have worked with Kari Alakoski and Marja Hepo-aho from Riihimäki for years now. They specialize in the creation of massive sculptural glass. For example the voluminous Cell and Orinnoro series are blown by these master glass blowers. The Miekkavesi sculpture also has a special mixture of two very different mediums: fish skin and blown glass. Designer and cobbler Tytti Porvari from Mikkeli has made a fish skin belt for the glass sculpture. There are also multiple layered graal sculptures blown by me in Lasistudio Hytti ry, in Suomenlinna island. The exhibition venue, Kellarikalleria also has a special role in my journey as an artist. It is the very firs place I have seen art as a child.
I have collected material for the exhibition through newspaper ads as well as local social media, asking what sort of customs people have in their family. For example, coffee drinking has a rich tradition. It is very precise which cup is offered to the guest or how when after the invitation it is appropriate to go to the coffee table. Also, if the spoon, a knife or a fork falls to the floor it can predict weddings, male or female guests.
In some families, Grandma knew to make coffee before the guests arrived because she had Etiäinen. The footsteps walked inside and sat in the living room for coffee. The quest soon walked in. Etiäinen, the name of the exhibition means an impression of a person, that walks before us, doing everything we are about to do before us. It’s in a way a living shadow of a person.
One important story in the exhibition is by a 17 years old woman that was planning a small wedding party with her sister during the first months of the Pandemic. She wondered if soap bubbles can spread the virus; How something innocent and beautiful can become frightening. This theme is mirrored in the Cell-sculptures of the exhibition.
The exhibition is open in Kellarikalleria, Suonenjoki 2 – 24.6.2021. After this it will continue to Gumbostrand Konst&Form in Sipoo and Art Museum Eemil in Lapinlahti.
I‘m overwhelmed and thankful for being awarded with four A’Design Awards from Italy! The Bumpy vase that I designed for DutZ Collection won a Silver award. Flow and Icy collections that were both blown at the wonderful Mafka&Alakoski glass studio in Riihimäki also got Silver awards. What a silver lining for this strange year, indeed! And the Cassiopeia Sculpture that was exhibited in Venice Glass Week HUB got a Bronze award.
Thank you for my great team for all the support over the years, and thank you DutZ for the delightful design project again! It’s always so lovely to work together, making designs that are more than just mere interior objects. The studio made glass has such a unique charisma and soul that I wish that I manage to reflect in my design.
Sini Majuri designs a collection of glass vessels for DutZ Collection. Bumpy vases are created in blue, gold and grey color. The collection is awarded with a Silver A’Design Award from Italy in 2021.
Collection plays with contrasts. High quality meet rough glass shards that look as ornaments when placed on the rim of the vessel. Calm Scandinavian color palette brings harmony to the studio made vases that are inspired by the textures of melting ice. The concept of the design is to flirt with organic shapes and poetic glass medium.
Bumpy vases are mouth blown and shaped by hand.
Bumpy vase finds its place on the windowsill, side table or as a gorgeous centre-piece on the dining table. This model is suitable for just one flower branch, but it is also beautiful with nothing at all in it. Unique Bumpy vase fits well in every interior.
The Flow edition gains inspiration from the elegance of the movement of liquid glass that is frozen into a stasis that is fragile yet forever. The rhythm of the glass making process ensures that every vessel has unique splashes of color that mimic the dance of brush strokes of abstract impression. Every vase has their own breath. It’s a methaphor for a soul of a piece that makes it more than mere interior object. Flow is a 3th edition of Sini Majuri’s Jungle series that has been awarded with a Golden and Silver A’Design Award.
Flow collection mixes Scandinavian cool with capricious Finnish glass blowing techniques that allow color flow freely within the glass layers. Collection has three shapes and the design is available in green, blue and purple. Studio made vases are signed by hand and numbered.
A simplified shape can become multi-dimensional in glass medium; There is the visual layer of glass: how does the glass reflect, how will the colors look in different light. Above all there are also the historical layers of glass, the origin of Finnish glass making and the rare knowledge behind the craftsmanship.
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