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
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.
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.
Inquiries of the Flow Collection via email. Manufacturing time of orders with more than 10 objects is 2 weeks. For international orders, please ask for a quote with shipping fee.
Sini Majuri has been honored with two renowned Silver A’ Design Awards and one Iron Award. The Rainforest glass series won the Silver from Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Competition. Also Majuri’s work Iceberg won a Silver Award at Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Competition Category. The Iron award was given to Majuri’s Spike lamp design at Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Competition Category.
The Rainforest vases are a mixture of 3D designed shapes and traditional Scandinavian steamstick technique. The hand shaped pieces have extremely thick glass with weightlessly floating splashes of color. The studiomade collection is inspired by the contrasts of nature, and how it creates harmony.
The Silver A’ Design Award is a prestigious award given to top 5% percentile designs that has achieved an exemplary level of originality in design. Entries to the A’ Furniture Design Awards are peer reviewed and anonymously judged by an expert jury panel of prominent academics, important press members and experienced professionals. Nominated furniture designs are voted on pre-determined evaluation criteria to highlight only the leading furniture design works.
Icebergs are interior sculptures. By connecting mountains, it is possible to build mountain ranges, mental landscapes made of glass. The surface of each recycled glass object is unique. Thus, each object has a unique character, a soul. Sculptures are handshaped, signed and numbered in Finland. The main philosophy behind the Iceberg sculptures is to reflect the climate change.
Spike lamp plays with contrasts. It is inspired by punk culture and calm Scandinavian mood. It is a voluminous piece, with warm light that is focused into a small pointy area under the piece. The Spike lamp has a aggressive appearance because of the metal spikes pointing towards the viewer. At the same time there is something calm about the smoothness of the ceramic surface and warm light. The lamp creates tension in a interior. Like an individual from a subculture.
A’ Art Design Award aims to highlight the excellent qualifications of best art designs and greatest art design concepts worldwide. The A’ Design Accolades are organized and awarded annually and internationally in multiple categories to reach a wide, design-oriented audience. The ultimate aim of the A’ art Design Competition is to create a global awareness for good design.
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.
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.
The Helsinki Today auction opens today at Bukowskis Finland! The auction is the only one of its kind in Finland and presents the very best of Nordic contemporary art and design. It’s possible to bid also online until 19 March! I’m so happy to be part of this wonderful contemporary art exhibition with a collection of glass pieces from past years!
Here are some pieces from the auction that are especially dear to me. By clicking the images you can also visit the auction pages.
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.
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.
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60327 Frankfurt am Main
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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
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.