Dreams exhibition opens in Gallery Pictor

H.E. Gabriele Altana, the ambassador of Italy in Finland opened the Dreams exhibition in Gallery Pictor, where my glass is exhibited together with the ceramic art of Heini Riitahuhta.

It was a fun coincidence that Italy has been an important part of my year. There was a golden award from Italian A’Design Award and invitation to Venice glass Week. In 2020 I’ll also exhibit some new works in Milan Design Week. So maybe fate is trying to get me to stay in Italy.

The beautiful gallery space used to be a fire station and they still had the original fire truck door and large windows. It was great to meet many friendly people at the event and open the stories behind the glass sculptures.
The first pieces from the Deserted town series were premiered in the Dreams exhibition. It is a story about subconsciousness and dream logic – a optical riddle that hide details that can only be seen from exactly right angle. Gemini graal piece has multiple layers with houses and trees. It’s about finding ones soulmate. On the wall you can see Heini’s ceramic piece.
This artwork by Heini Riitahuhta was specially created for the exhibition in Gallery Pictor.
It was a great joy to see my glass next to Heini’s wonderful ceramic art pieces. Heini’s art is full of color and interesting technique twists. This piece was my favorite, because there is something very hypnotic about it.
Roller coaster sculpture was blown in Riihimäki. There is intensive dark blue color behind the soda bubbles. When the sculpture is illuminated from the right angle, the shadow has a surprising hue. The sculpture is solid glass.
Earlier version of the icebergs was also exhibited in Venice. Glacier is a icy landscape that mirrors the nordic mood.
Hedge Maze graal piece has multiple image layers with lots of hidden details. On the reverse side, the images are dark blue, like a shadows of a forest.

Thank you all for the fun opening! The exhibition is open till 7.12.2019. So there is still time to visit and dream along!

Exhibitions in Finland

My new glass series Deserted town is a narrative filled with hedge mazes, roller coasters and houses taken over by nature. It’s a story about subconsciousness and dream logic – a optical riddle that hide details that can only be seen from exactly right angle. The unique sculptures are slowly created in Suomenlinna fortress island.

Deserted town will be premiered 16.11 – 2.12.2019 in Gallery Pictor in Vihti, in an joint exhibition with ceramic artist Heini Riitahuhta. The show will be opened 16.11 at 14 – 16 PM by m.r H.E Gabriele Altana, the ambassador of the Italian embassy in Helsinki.

Process of the Deserted town series. Every sculpture has nested image layers that also hide secrets and riddles behind the obvious scenes. This piece has a city scene and neon lights that are shown only when light hits the glass from right angle. When you look inside the red windows, the truth is revealed.

In 1 – 17.11 some of my latest graal pieces will also be at Contemporary Helsinki F199 at Bukowskis. The auction is the only one of its kind in Finland and presents the very best of Finnish contemporary art and design. Exhibition and auction will be in Katajanokka (Mastokatu 4-6) and also online. There will be in total 4 sculptures from me; 3 graals and one Gem vase that has neodymium glass.

Some of my latest works can be found from Contemporary Helsinki F199 auction.

If you are interested to see the process of the Deserted town, you can also visit the glass studio in Suomenlinna during the Viapori Kekri event in November 2th at 14 – 18 PM. Viaporin Kekri is an opportunity to explore Finnish history and modern interpretation of an old tradition. It also gives visitors a unique chance to explore and experience Suomenlinna from a new perspective and see its darkest corners that are usually closed for the general public. I will be at the studio demonstrating the process of the 100 years old graal technique.

Ornamo’s annual Design Christmas will take place December 6.–8.2019 at Helsinki’s Cable Factory. The three-day market is a unique event to meet Finnish designers and see their latest works. It’s Finland’s largest Christmas market concentrated on design.

The winter in Finland is long, grim, and inescapable, and we have no choice but to embrace its arrival. Come to Suomenlinna to celebrate the long-forgotten festival of Kekri.

The Venice Glass Week 2019

THE VENICE GLASS WEEK is an international festival dedicated to the art of glass, with a particular focus on that of Murano. The festival involves many of the major institutions in Venice, Murano and Mestre, with the aim of revitalizing and sustaining one of the city’s most important artistic and creative activities. The festival is promoted by the Town Council of Venice, and conceived and organized by Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, LE STANZE DEL VETRO – Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti and Consorzio Promovetro Murano.

Iceberg installation was exhibited in Palazzo Franchetti, Venice Glass Week HUB exhibition
Palazzo Franchetti interior

Sini Majuri’s glass installation Iceberg was exhibited in the Venice Glass Week HUB. The opening of the exhibition took place on September 6th on 6.30 PM in Palazzo Franchetti. The main philosophy behind the pieces is to reflect the climate change.

Venice Glass Week HUB exhibition

Sini Majuri also had a solo exhibition in Hotel Saturnia & International. The opening of the 3D graal, Dreams drowned inside glass exhibition was held on September 7th at 6.30 PM in Hotel Saturnia, Calle Larga XXII Marzo, 2398, 30124 Venezia. Exhibition pieces mix together 100 years old Swedish Graal technique and modern 3D printing. It is a surreal narrative captured inside thick glass, which has details hidden in, that can only be seen from an exact angle.

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Sini Majuri’s Dream-sculptures in Hotel Saturnia


The Venice Glass Week Hub
7th – 15th September (10am to 6pm)
Palazzo Franchetti (3rd Floor)
San Marco 2482
30124 Venezia
Opening party: Friday 6th September, 6.30pm – 9.30pm

3D Graal. Dreams drown inside the glass by Sini Majuri
Hotel Saturnia & International
7th – 15th September
Calle Larga XXII Marzo, 2398
30124 Venezia
Opening party: Saturday 7th September 2019 from 6.30pm

Photos: Heidi-Hanna Karhu, Helsinki


Gem and Spike lamps exhibited in Tendence fair, Frankfurt

There was a heat wave in Frankfurt, so it was good to walk to the exhibition center early in the morning before the temperature rised to 40 Celcius. A total of 603 exhibitors presented their fashionable lifestyle and trend products at the 3-day lifestyle fair. My booth was in the Hall 8.

I exhibited two new lamp concepts at the exhibition. The 35 cm wide Spike lamp has a “bad attitude”. It is studio made from ceramics and metal. Orders are available via online message.
The second new piece was the emerald green Gem lamp that is shaped by hand and has a dimmable LED light. Every lamp is also signed. Gem is available for order via online message.

Icebergs will be exhibited also in the Venice Glass Week in September. It was great to already meet many Venetian people that were visiting Tendence!
Gem vase has the same solid colored emerald green glass material as the Gem lamp and the green Icebergs. I chose the color as my theme in the booth to highlight the varied essence of glass material.

Golden Design Award from A’Design Award

Jungle Glass Vase is Golden Design Award winner in 2018 – 2019 Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Award Category in the international A’Design Award in Italy.

A’ Design Award and Competition is the worlds’ largest design competition awarding best designs, design concepts and products & services. The motto of the A’ Design Awards is “Ars Futura Cultura” i.e. Arts Cultivate the Future, Arts for the Culture of Future. The future is shaped by arts, design and technology, thus there is need of good design for a better future.

Inspired by nature, the premise of the Jungle glass collection is to create objects that gain their value from the quality, design and material. Simple shapes reflect the serenity of the medium, while being weightless and strong at the same time. Vases are mouth-blown and shaped by hand, signed and numbered. The rhythm of the glass making process ensures that each object in the Jungle Collection has a unique colour play that mimics the movement of waves.
In a world where there are millions of products and designs launch each year, the award was born out of the desire to underline the best designs and well designed products. The award-winning products and designs are highlighted to the international public via the A’ Design Award Gala-Night and Exhibition in Italy and they are communicated to all relevant press across the world.

1000 Vases exhibition in Dubai Design District

1000 Vases exhibition in Dubai was a cascade of design. Thousand vases at the modernistic atrium space all had their clever details, contemporary twists and interesting use of mediums. Being invited to the international design event was one of the highlights of my spring time.

My green Rainforest glass vases were premiered in the exhibition. Despite so many vases in the show, the set up was fresh and elegant. Each and every one of the objects had their place to shine. Picture @nateleecocks
I really enjoyed the opening day. Meeting all the artists and designers was inspiring – let alone the great exhibition team that worked miracles helping with all the last minute hustle. Picture @nateleecocks
The technique used in the green Rainforest vases is steam stick. It’s one of the iconic techniques from the golden era of Finnish glass design. I enjoyed seeing the vases side by side and contrasting with modern Tube vases by Fabio Meliota. Picture @nateleecocks
The 1000 Vases exhibition was also honored to welcome the Sheikh of Bahrain. The Abu Dhabi TV also visited the show. Picture credit 1000 Vases.
All the guests got fresh hyacinth flowers to take home. Such a lovely idea!
Flowers were also a important part of the set up. After all: vase and a flower have a long history together. Though many of the exhibition pieces can also be seen as sculptures, there is always the throwback of usable object when we look at a vase.
My glass series is blown in the glass town of Riihimäki, in Mafka & Alakoski glass studio. Pieces are shaped by hand, signed and numbered.
The venue was located in Dubai Design District. The area is full of galleries, design folks and creative companies. The 1000 Vases exhibition was created in collaboration with Meet My Project and TAM. Picture @nateleecocks
During my visit to Dubai I was happy to also be invited to VIP opening of the Art Dubai fair’s main event. The Madinat Jumeirah with water canals and palace-like buildings was very different with all the dull congress centres I have usually seen here in Europe.
Art Dubai 2019 presented more than 90 galleries from 40 different countries. Contemporary, Modern, Residents as well as the inaugural edition of Bawwaba. It was great to meet so many interesting connections for the future collaborations. Picture credit Päivi Lavikainen
When we had some quiet time inbetween the exhibition events, it was also interesting to see the unique nature around the Dubai area. The silence of the desert was very contrasting with the city life. I took some pictures of my Vuoksi glasses in this magical surrounding!
The most inspirational lacation was the town of Al Madam, the ‘Buried Village‘ lost in sand.

New edition of Jungle Collection premiered in Dubai

1000 VASES exhibition in Dubai presents a unique selection of vases in the Dubai Design District during the Art Dubai 2019 Festival. Sini Majuri has been invited to take part to the international show with her latest edition of the Jungle Collection.

Sini Majuri’s glass vase collection Jungle was first introduced by DutZ Collection in 2018 and exhibited in design fairs around Europe, China and Japan. In 2019 there will be 3 new models premiered in Dubai. The theme in the new pieces is “Rainforest”. Eacn object is solid glass and shaped by hand. The technique used is Timo Sarpaneva’s Steam Stick.

The event redefines both the space of the exhibition and the very presentation of an object, here the vase: a functional, everyday object that rises to the rank of fine-art object thanks to the work and imagination of these designers. This medium is therefore perfect to show all the plurality of the artistic scene today.

2019 edition of Jungle collection will be premiered in Dubai. The shape of the objects is inspired by Timo Sarpaneva’s Steam stick-technique.


The public will be invited to discover, throughout the duration of the exhibition, the creations of young independent designers: unique pieces, made in a multitude of materials and reflecting the personality, the universe and the sensitivity of each.

This overwhelming volume of vases compels us with its richness, its diversity and reveals to us all the artistic expertise of these creators. A profusion of vases which is nothing less than the reflection of the inventiveness and the creative intensity which they show, provoking in us this much desired emotion.

To show the singularity of each designer while confronting him with what surrounds him to better understand the dynamism of the current creation, is at it’s core, the philosophy of the project 1000 Vases.

1000 VASES

19 – 25.3.2019
Opening 19.3. At 6.30 – 9 PM

Dubai Design District (d3)
Atrium of building No.7
PO Box 333 300
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
GPS: Lat: 25.18629 Lng: 55.29914

Bukowskis auction and Xmas Design market

I’m delighted to get my first solo theme auction in Helsinki! Contemporary Glass Art by Sini Majuri auction at Bukowskis opens Tuesday 4.12.2018 and closes on Santa Lucia’s day 13.12.2018. I’ll be exhibiting a group of unique pieces made between 2013 – 2018. There is also a graal piece from my Aika series, sculptures that are mixing metal with glass and some unique color editions from Jungle collection. Welcome to see the exhibition at Bukowskis Market, Mastokatu 4, 00160 Helsinki!

There are two individual spoon sculptures in the auction.

Memory is a scene from the Flying Boat exhibition. There are hidden foxes in the sculpture.

Gemma is a group of solid green glass shapes. A piece from the Bukowskis auction.

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My iceberg sculptures and Vuoksi glasses can also be found in Ornamo Design Xmas at Kaapelitehdas 7-9.12.2018. My booth will be in Merikaapelihalli, in front of the big windows. Come and say hi! The Design show is a great place to find fresh art and design pieces – and also meet the designers!

Kaapelitehdas, Merikaapelihalli 7.12.–9.12.2018.
Fri 7.12. at 15-19 PM
Sat 8.12. at 10-19 PM
Sun 9.12. at 10-18PM

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During the Xmas season some of my glass sculptures can also be found from Helsinki City Center’s Stockmann. The sculptures are located in the Interior design section on the 5th floor.

A Glass Journey in Toronto and New York

Exhibition venue for the Nordic Glass exhibition is Harbourfront Centre

A lakeside view opens through the huge windows of Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. Behind the centre rises the CN Tower, the landmark of the city. The building, surrounded by skyscrapers, is filled with Scandinavian art. The self-portraits of Iiu Susiraja cover the walls of the Portraits at Home exhibition. The next space is occupied by massive ceramic works of Anders Herwald Ruhwald. The exhibition, called The Hand is the Mind is the Bomb that Blows, lives up to its name. Nordic Glass gathers up nine skilled Nordic glass artists, who rewrite the history of Nordic glass in the 21st century.

The description of the exhibition:

Nordic glass was at a high point in the mid-20th century. Famous glass factories like Orrefors, Iittala, Holmegaard and Kosta Boda; and designers such as Tapio Wirkkala and Alvar Aalto were synonymous with good design and refined taste. This heyday created distinctive identities for all four countries—Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland—and collectively added to the Scandinavian Modern aesthetic. Sadly, few of the glass factories remain due to market pressures and outsourcing. However, these economic realities have not lessened the association of well-designed and crafted glass within Nordic countries. The situation has given rise to a bright new generation of glass artists and designers; ones with independent spirits focused on self-expression, experimentation and entrepreneurship. This exhibition highlights a group of glass artists shaping the future of Nordic glass for the 21st century.

My objects in the exhibition are glass mountains. These interior design sculptures can be organized to form either scenic ensembles, glass installations or mental landscapes. Glass imitates the characteristics of ice by frosting and cracking. It is the aesthetic of quietness.

I’m exhibiting Icebergs in the Norden Festival

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Opening party of the Norden Festival was full of interesting art folks.

During my journey I had the also the chance to visit New York and meet with design gallerists. I was delighted to visit for example Usagi Gallery, where my Sade sculpture was on display during the NYX Design event. Meeting with my contacts in Toronto also gave ideas to some possible future collaboration projects. It was extremely interesting to visit design and art businesses both in Toronto and New York as well as glass galleries of northern parts of USA. Glass was blown in tourist attractions, schools and culture centres. The Nordic Glass exhibition is open in Toronto until the summer of 2019. Welcome!

Visiting Usagi Gallery in New York

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AIKA

A Karelian folklore about the origin of the Universe is one of the main inspirations of the Aika sculptures. According to the story, the Big bang was not one of it’s kind. It’s just one bubble in the boiling water that is constantly turning and simmering. 

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A folklore about the origin of the Universe is one of the main inspirations behind the Aika sculptures. The pieces are a mixture of science and fairytale.

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According to a Karelian story, the Universe is like boiling water, constantly moving and changing

The symbol of eternity is hidden inside thick glass

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The green color is made by coloring the glass in the furnace green

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Tervetuloa Taiteiden Yönä tapaamaan lasitaiteilija Sini Majuria ja tutustumaan tämän uusiin Aika-näyttelyn teoksiin!

Taiteilijatapaaminen pidetään Helsingin gallerialla Taiteiden Yönä, torstaina 23.8. kello 17.00-21.00. Vapaa pääsy, tervetuloa!

Aika on lasinen kertomus, jossa nykyteknologia kohtaa lasinpuhalluksen perinteet. Jokainen lasiveistos on katkelma surrealistista tarinaa, joka on kuin optisten illuusioiden kautta ratkaistava arvoitus. Kiehtovalla ja erityisen haastavalla tekniikalla luodut teokset esittelevät lasipinnan alla olevia kolmiulotteisia kuvamaailmoja.

Näyttelyn teema, aika, on yhtä moniulotteinen kuin lasi materiaalina. Aika on suhteellista. Pieni hetki voi määritellä koko ihmisen – emmekä kuitenkaan pysty muistamaan edes tärkeimpiä hetkiä täydellisesti.

Veistoksissa massiivinen lasi yhdistetään taiteilijan omakätisiin kuvituksiin, joissa ajan ja paikan ulottuvuudet sekoittuvat. Kun kuvat suljetaan lasin sisään, ne pysyvät muuttumattomina vuosituhansia. Taiteilija kertoo teosten kautta myös meidän ajastamme ja vangitsee sen näin aikakapseleihin tuhansiksi vuosiksi.

Aika-näyttelyn tapahtumasivu Facebookissa.

Sini Majuri: Aika 8.8.-8.9.2018
Taiteilijatapaaminen Taiteiden Yönä, torstaina 23.8. kello 17-21
Vapaa pääsy

Galleria Mafka&Alakoski
Iso Roobertinkatu 19
00120 Helsinki

 

Pictures by Heidi-Hanna Karhu, Helsinki