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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European Glass Festival 2016

European Glass Festival 2016 will take place in Wrocław, the European Capital of Culture 2016. I will participate in Dr Jekyll and Mrs Hyde, the main exhibition of event that will also tour in Łódź, Legnica and Kraków.

Robert Louis Stevensons novella: Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) has been the starting point of my creative process that has been an examination of the inner struggle between good and evil inside of human mind. I wanted to capture the duality of human nature inside the glass: feminine and masculine, human and animal, barbarian and civilized. The main idea behind the pieces was also to create a sanctuary for broken minds where a mind can be shattered, but also complete in the same time.

 

 

Dr Jekyll and Mrs Hyde – Festival Main Exhibition

Wrocław Główny Station – 17.10.2016 – 10.11.2016  – Session Room
Łódź 
–17.11.2016 – 10.12.2016 – Municipal Art Gallery – Re:Medium Gallery – ul. Piotrkowska
Legnica –16.12.2016 – 29.01.2017 – RING Gallery in Legnica 
Kraków 
– 07.02.2017 – 31.03.2017 – BB Gallery

Tendence Talents exhibition in Frankfurt

Talents Tendence

I’ll exhibit my design in Frankfurt during the Tendence fair 27 – 30.8.2016. I was invited to the Talents exhibition that shows new and innovative design from young european artists. Please come and have a closer look! There will be glass cartoons, carousels, drinking glasses and snowy lamps.

Talents Tendence
Modern Crafts in hall 9.0
27 – 30.8.2016
Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH
Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1
60327 Frankfurt am Main

Vuoksi drinking glass & desert bowl captures the movement of a fluttering fabric inside the glass material. Each glass has it’s own breath because the movement of the cloth-like colour is frozen inside the glass during the glass blowing process. Made in Riihimäki, Finland.

Glass cartoon is made with 100 years old glass blowing technique that is mixed with modern 3D-design. Each glass sculpture has multiple image layers on top of each other under the surface of the glass. Surrealistic dream scenes are captured inside the glass to last forever. Glass cartoon has been exhibited in New York, London and Toronto.

 

Silent winter landscapes, heavy snow and darkness of the Scandinavian night are the main inspirations in the Polar night lamp. The lamp has multiple nested glass domes that filter the light in various ways playing with the variation of dimness and brightness.

 

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Fall events 2016

16.8 LASIA MAAILMALLE-DESIGN NIGHT IN HELSINKI

Welcome to the Lasia Maailmalle-design night 16.8.2016 at 11.00 – 20.00,  Gallery Mafka&Alakoski, Iso Roobertinkatu 19 Helsinki. I’ll show some of my original glass cartoon illustrations and explain the creative process behind the latest glass comic that will be exhibited in Glasrijk Tubbergen Glass Festival in Holland.

Tervetuloa Lasia Maailmalle-tapahtumaan 16.8 klo 11-20, Galleria Mafka&Alakoski, Iso Roobertinkatu 19 Helsinki. Esillä on näyttelyesineiden lisäksi alkuperäisiä lasisten sarjakuvien kuvituksia, lasiveistosten prototyyppejä sekä luonnoksia. Tapahtuman tarjoiluista vastaavat Peltolan Juustola sekä Rönnvikin Viinitila.

 

27.8 EXHIBITION OPENS IN KUOPIO

My glass cartoon is exhibited in Kuopio Gallery G12 together with Kirsti Tuokko’s paintings. Kuopio is the birthplace of many stories captured in glass, because it’s where I have spent many summers as a child. Welcome to the opening party: Saturday 27.8.2016 at 16 – 18 PM! Exhibition will open 27.8. – 15.9. 2016.

Tervetuloa taidenäyttelyn avajaisiin Kuopion Galleria 12:sta lauantaina 27.8.2016 klo 16 – 18! Lasikertomukseni on esillä yhdessä Kirsti Tuokon maalausten kanssa. On hienoa saada näyttely kotiseudulleni Savoon, koska Kuopio on useiden lasisten kertomusteni syntypaikka. Näyttely avoinna 27.8. – 15.9. 2016.

G12 KUOPIO
Maaherrankatu 9
70100 Kuopio
ti-to 12-18, pe-la 11-16

 

27.8 EXHIBITION ON FRANKFURT DESIGN FAIR

My drinking glasses and lamps will be exhibited in the Tendence-fair. Talents-exhibition shows the works of young European design professionals. Vuoksi drinking glass captures the movement of a fluttering fabric inside the glass material. The bottom of the glass is transparent and it directs the light into the liquid inside. The combination of transparent and opaque flirts with light and shadow. Each glass has it’s own breath because the movement of the cloth-like colour is frozen inside the glass during the glass blowing process. Tendence is open 27.-30.8.2016.

Esittelen juomalaseja ja valaisimia Frankfurtin designmessuilla. Talents-näyttely kokoaa yhteen nuoria eurooppalaisia suunnittelijoita, joilla on uusi ja mielenkiintoinen lähestymistapa muotoon ja materiaaliin. Vuoksi-juomalasissani ajatuksena on vangita kankaan liike lasin sisään. Suupuhalletut esineet leikittelevät lasin optisilla ominaisuuksilla, valolla ja läpinäkyvyydellä. Näyttely auki 27.-30.8.2016.

Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH
Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1
60327 Frankfurt am Main
Telephone +49 69 75 75-0

Vuoksi drinking glass will be exhibited in Frankfurt design fair 2016.
Vuoksi drinking glass will be exhibited in Frankfurt design fair 2016.

 

28.9 GLASRIJK TUBBERGEN 2016 

In September me and Marja Hepo-aho will participate in the international contemporary glass art festival Glasrijk Tubbergen as the representatives of Finland. There will be 2 young glass artists from each European Union country. I use 100-years old graal technique mixed with modern 3D-design in my works. My sculptures are stories drowned under the glass surface. Marja uses glass together with natural stones and blows her forms directly on the stone – combining these two elements together. In Tubbergen our art is joined together and we also teach rare Scandinavian techniques to the visitors during the blowing demonstrations with master glass blower Kari Alakoski. More info in Glass Is More Magazine.

Syyskuussa matkustan Alankomaihin Glasrijk Tubbergeniin yhdessä Marja Hepo-ahon kanssa. Tubbergeniin on kutsuttu kaksi nuorta lasitaiteilijaa jokaisesta EU-maasta. On suuri kunnia päästä edustamaan kansainvälisessä joukossa Suomea. Asetan näyttelyssä esille lasisia kertomuksiani, joissa 100-vuotta vanha graal-perinne yhdistyy moderniin 3D-teknologiaan. Marjan töissä miksataan lasia luonnonkiveen. Järjestämme tapahtumassa myös useita lasinpuhallusnäytöksiä mestarilasinpuhaltaja Kari Alakosken kanssa. Niissä vanhat skandinaaviset lasitekniikat nousevat pääosaan. Lisää tietoa Glass Is More design-julkaisussa.

Glasrijk Tubbergen 2016

28.9 – 2.10.2016

Raadhuisplein 4, Tubbergen

The Netherlands

In Netherlands I will be exhibiting some of my latest glass stories about dream animals.

 

 

15.10 EUROPEAN GLASS FESTIVAL 2016

In October begins the European Glass Festival 2016 that has invited 16 european glass artists to participate. It is great to be in this amazing event as the representative of Finland. The exhibition will be held in Wroclaw, The European Capital of Culture 2016 15.10.2016 – 23.10.2016. After this the exhibition will tour in Łódź (the City Art Gallery in Łódź), Legnica (the Art Gallery in Legnica); Jelenia Góra (the Karkonosze Museum, Krakow (the BB Gallery).

Lokakuussa matkustan European Glass Festival 2016-tapahtumaan edustamaan Suomea. Näyttelyyn on kutsuttu 16 eurooppalaista lasitaiteilijaa. Näyttely järjestetään Euroopan kulttuuripääkaupungissa Wroclawissa 15.10.2016 – 23.10.2016, josta se jatkaa Łódźin, Legnican ja Jelenia Góran kaupunkeihin.

 

 

Blowing the first piece for the European Glass Festival 2016

The theme for the European Glass Festival 2016 is Jekyll & Hyde. So something ominous and bloody is about to be blown under the layers of glass. All the invited artist are creating two glass sculptures with this topic and it has been truly interesting to strive to use glass in a bit twisted way.  Today I was working at Mafka&Alakoski’s Glass Studio in Riihimäki. We pondered about how to create blood splatters inside the glass but still maintain the sculpture poetic, mystic and fresh. The solution was to add spoonfull of red colours on two layers of the glass sculpture.

Creating a glass sculpture with Kari Alakoski in Riihimäki.
Creating the first glass sculpture for European Glass Festival 2016 with Kari Alakoski in Riihimäki.

 

The blood splatters were added with a silver spoon
The blood splatters were added with a silver spoon!

 

I'm using multiple layered graal-technique in the sculpture.
I’m using multiple layered graal-technique in the first sculpture. The second sculpture will be a companion for this one.

The exhibition will be held in Wrocław Poland, European Capital of Culture 2016 in 15.10.2016 – 23.10.2016. After this the exhibition will tour in Łódź (the City Art Gallery in Łódź), Legnica (the Art Gallery in Legnica); Jelenia Góra (the Karkonosze Museum, Krakow (the BB Gallery).