Here are some pics from this summer. I have been working on some new artworks after the spring’s lockdown. As you all I am still a bit worried how the fall will be like- but at the moment I am just so happy to be at work.

Also worth mentioning, many thanks for Arts Promotion Center Finland for supporting artists through the tough times. I lately received their grant for artistic work, meant for designers and artists whose work and income had been effected by the lockdown.

 

  

 

The artist herself and “Snake Orgy”, unique Graal glass piece with engraving. Photo : Otto Ojala

Gravur – Back on tour – presents new European glass engraving art. I am proud to be part of the show with two of my art pieces. The exhibition is held at European Museum of Modern Glass, Rödental, Germany.

Here’s a very nice video from the exhibition (in German, but you can enjoy the visuals anyway) :

I have submitted a lecture on Finnish glassmaking to Glass Art Society’s virtual conference happening May 21-23. Originally the conference would have been held in Southern Sweden – however due to the unexpected situation, the conference was cancelled.

As an consolation GAS is organizing Virtual Conference that can be seen at glassart.org website starting from May 21st.  There’s quite an interesting list of presentations : lectures, demos, etc.

 

As you well know, due to the changing situation across the globe – the dates of my exhibitions may change. Here’s though a list of what’s ahead if all goes well.

– Finnish Glass Lives 8, The Finnish Glass Museum, 14.2.-19.4.2020 CLOSED FOR NOW

– Art Breda, Art Gallery Rozendaal’s stand, Breda, Netherlands 5-13.9.2020

– Back on Tour -Modern European Glass Engraving, Coburg, Germany 8.5.-8.11.2020

– Gumbostrand Konst & Form, glass art exhibition, Sipoo, Finland 13.11.2020-17.1.2021

Forest Meadow – unique art pieces made in Nuutajärvi, Finland 2019. Photo : Otto Ojala

Thank you 2019, the life of an artist is not the most even : there are moments of doubt and hesitation, but then again equal amount of creativity and joy.

This year included among other things : making new artworks in Nuutajärvi, exploring glass colours in co-operation with Tampere University, support for my artistic work from Finnish Cultural Trust’s Pirkanmaa Regional Funds, sales exhibition at auction house Bukowskis, exhibition together with Elina Salonen in Netherlands … To be honest, there’s quite enough.

Looking forward 2020, let there be more creativity than doubt.

Exhibition of new Finnish glass is now open in Netherlends! Me and my colleague Elina Salonen traveled to Low countries a week back, to set up the exhibition and attend in the opening at beautiful Art Gallery Rozendaal. The gallery is located in Montfort, Limburg, in southern corner of Netherlands, near both Belgian and German border. I was very impressed of the modern gallery building with views to the surrounding woods – our glass art fits here perfectly!

Festive Month Exhibition :
Finnish Glass Art & Humoristic Hyperrealism

Art Gallery Rozendaal
Rozendaal 10
6065 NE Montfort

Open Saturdays and Sundays 11:00-17:00 and via appointment with the gallery

Ella Varvio: Forest Meadow, 2019

I am excited to be visiting Netherlands after a while! My and Elina Salonen’s glass art are part of Art Gallery Rozendaal‘s  Festive Month Exhibition. The exhibition opens mid November and goes on until 22nd of December. Me and Elina are bringing a set of nature inspired glass art to the show, we both work with delicate motifs on unique glass sculptures. Ýou are most welcome to see our work at the exhibition!

The gallery is located in southern tip of Netherlands, in a town called Montfort in Limburg province, near both Belgian and German border. Art Gallery Rozendaal is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 11am to 5 pm, and also via appointments.

Festive Month Exhibition :
Finnish Glass Art & Humoristic Hyperrealism

Art Gallery Rozendaal

Rozendaal 10
6065 NE Montfort

Open Saturdays and Sundays 11:00-17:00

My work in process…

In early September I was participating in a workshop organized by the Finnish Glass Museum in Riihimäki. The workshop followed the opening of Back on Tour -exhibition of modern engraved glass in Europe. The exhibition is a real cornucopia of new engraved glass and I highly recommend to visit!

The workshop itself was instructed by glass artist and engraver master Wilhelm Vernim at the premises of Lasismi studio in Riihimäki. The gaffer of the workshop was glassblower Korbinian Stöckle alongside with Lasismi’s glassblowers. Week’s theme was Graal, which is fairly familiar to me, but I’ve still got a lot to learn on these engraving techniques. Many thanks to all for a great week!

Engraving machine and different lathes. Susanne Koskimäki’s sketches on overlay sheet glass in the middle.
My graal piece in the state of hot sculpting. I think I will title this work as Snake Orgy…

 

Here are some pictures from our Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice -exhibition during Helsinki Design Week 5-15.9.2019. The exhibition showcased glass art, prints and interior mirrors by four Aalto University graduates : Sarianna Niskala, Lotta Maija, Ella Varvio and Orcum Erdem. Many thanks to visitors, St. George Bakery and designer dream team!

Photos: St. George Hotel / Camilla Bloom

Upper shelve Orcum Erdem’s glass art and lower Ella Varvio’s Nemeton-vases. Photo: St. George Hotel / Camilla Bloom
Sarianna Niskala’s mirrors and Lotta Maija’s prints. Photo: St. George Hotel / Camilla Bloom
Photo: St. George Hotel / Camilla Bloom
Ella Varvio’s Nemeton-vases at St George Bakery, Helsinki. Photo: St. George Hotel / Camilla Bloom
Photo: St. George Hotel / Camilla Bloom

Helsinki Design Week is just around the corner! 🍭🍰Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice – designer’s pop-up exhibition will be at St.George Hotel’s Bakery 5-15th of September. You’re warmly welcome to see fresh fun products, artworks and prints from four design talents : Sarianna Niskala, Lotta Maija, Ella Varvio and Orcum Erdem.

The name and theme of the exhibition is inspired by the style and character of the groups designers Sarianna Niskala, Lotta Maija, Ella Varvio and Orcum Erdem, who all always add something sweet, cute and sparkly into their works and designs. The exhibition showcases interior mirrors, prints and glass art by the young designers.

The exhibition is part of the official program of Helsinki Design Week 2019 and is open to the public during the Bakery’s opening hours.