Human – stories in glass 12.2.-10.4.2022

Erlkönig is one of my art pieces installed with light at Voipaala Art Centre

Voipaala Art Centre near Valkeakoski, Finland is hosting a group exhibition of contemporary Finnish glass art. Exhibition is open 11am – 5 pm from 12th February until 10th April 2022. More info of the exhibition and it’s artists can be found here :

https://voipaala.valkeakoski.fi/en/news/glass-art-exhibition/

Voipaala Art Centre is in an old mansion near Sääksmäki and Rapola hill fortress, unique and historic surrounding!

Glass exhibition in Zwiesel, Germany 25.7.-3.10.2021

I am honored to be part of international glass art exhibition in Germany – the exhibition is titled Caution! Fragile! – Achtung! Zerbrechlich! in German. It shows different aspects to glass craft and how the tradition is changing. Exhibition takes place at Waldmuseum Zwiesel, and the city itself has very long tradition in glassmaking.

Ella Varvio : Mother and Child, 2020

Thank you Konst & Form

My exhibition Thread of Life is now over, many thanks to the gallery, Gumbostrand Konst & Form – and all who visited the show. Here are few pictures I took before dismantling the exhibition:

Let’s continue with the strange times we’re living the best that we can. I don’t have other exhibitions coming up in near future, but some projects and ideas are active in my mind.

Gumbostrand

 

Gumbostrand Konst & Form is presenting my exhibition from 13th of November onward – you’re warmly welcome!

Thread of Life is a collection of my newest work – you’ve never seen these before anywhere else. There are both illustrated vessels with imagery from my time in New York and engraved pieces with light feature. I’ve been working with these pieces for a good year now, and I really hope you will come and see them yourself.

Gumbostrand is located on the coastline between Helsinki and Porvoo, exact address: Vainuddintie 72-28, Söderkulla.

The exhibition extends to 17th of January, the gallery is mainly open Friday to Sunday, but for winter season 18.11.–20.12.2020 Wednesday to Sunday. Do check the exact opening times from gallery’s website konstoform.fi

Sculpting with fire

Here are some photos from my previous hot shop session in Nuutajärvi. Many thanks to gaffers Jenni Sorsa and Matti Vilppula for the most productive day. Such a joy to see how ideas come to life and my drawings get transformed into glass sculptures.

These new pieces, quite a striking collection of them, will be on show at Gumbostrand Konst & Form, art center in Sipoo, Finland from 13th of November onward.

Working in Nuutajärvi Village

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.

 

  

Exhibition of engraved glass in Germany 8.5.-8.11.2020

 

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) :

Virtual Conference

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.

 

Happenings ahead

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

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.