Few pictures from the glass studio – Nemzetközi Üveg Alkotótelep – in Bárdudvarnok, Hungary. Last week was very intensive, many thanks for the organizers, participants and glassblower-artist James Carcass for helping to realize new Graals. The artworks by me and Laura Aalto-Setälä will exhibited at Bor és kézműves -gallery in Budapest during Finnish festival on 22-24.9.
And this Sunday, 27.8. there is Designtori in Tampere. Some glass art can be found at Galleria Rajatila’s exhibition at the fair in Tullikamari 11am-6pm. Welcome!
Two of my artworks After the bees have gone and Stressed Out are now on display at Kiskép Galéria, Budapest, Hungary. The small gallery is located on Buda Castle Hill, one of the most scenic and historic parts of Budapest. The gallery exhibits a variety of works from Hungarian artists and is worth of visiting. The address is Országház utca 8 and it is open 10am-6pm daily.
Both of artworks were made last year during Finnish-Hungarian glass art symposium in Bárdudvarnok, southern Hungary. They both present a variation of Graal technique and they were made in co-operation with glassblower-artist James Carcass. I’ll be visiting glass studio in Bárdudvarnok again next month and looking forward an inspiring time there.
And an another thing, possible plans for next year: I decided to apply for ARTROOMS 2018 – an alternative art fair in London. They offer selected artists to exhibit in a hotel room for few days to put up an exhibition – and I have a pretty neat vision of some glass and light artworks I’d like to present there – if selected. To view my application and put a vote for People’s Choice Award : https://art-rooms.org/application/varvio/
Newest new artwork: Teardrop 2017. This piece is made with glassblower Dylan Katz in Tampere Finland. We made tests on rolling up engraved glass shards on hot glass and this one came out pretty neat!
Otherwise I’ve had bunch of good news, my artwork Tusks is featured in New Glass Review 38 by Corning Museum of Glass and next year I will be one of selected artist-in-residence at Finnish Cultural Institute in New York. Big city buzz and cultural overdose for small town girl in summer 2018- looking forward to that!
I’m such an old-school designer: these pictures present some of my most essential tools for product (or artwork) development: pens, brushes, rulers, plaster wheel, hands on experimenting with material. Many thanks to co-operative Pinkka‘s ceramic studio and Katzstudio glassworks (both in Tampere, Finland) for being part of this early stage of prototyping. Pictures of the outcomes coming up later…
Something small and modest this time, this asymmetrical tumbler received honorable mention in Finland 100 Glass Design Competition by The Finnish Glass Museum. The competition had two categories and this one was for serially produced memento item for Finland’s 100 years of independence. Happy birthday Finland and congratulations to all winners of the competition! To see all the artworks and designs, and the newest exhibitions, visit The Finnish Glass Museum in Riihimäki. 100 x Glass exhibition is running 12.5.-11.9.2017.
Nemeton– glass art exhibition ended last week in Helsinki, time to take a deep breath before new challenges! Here’s a short video from the glass studio: making of Queen of Vipers -unique Graal glass piece. Glassblowers Kari Alakoski and Marja Hepo-aho are sculpting my design at their studio in Riihimäki. Video by Ammi Lahtinen/Galleria Mafka&Alakoski.
My most sincere thanks to all support for this exhibition project: many thanks to Galleria Mafka&Alakoski for the opportunity to have a solo exhibition in Helsinki, lots of thanks to glassblowers Marja and Kari, carpenters, suppliers, national railroads, parents for lending me the car… and for Arts Promotion Centre Finland for supporting the making of the glass artworks…
And many thanks for all who visited the exhibition! Hope to see you in other exhibitions and venues – for example on 7.5. I’ll be attending Designtori, Tampere with Rajataide -organization of Tampere based artists.
Nemeton glass art exhibition is running still until 13.4., so remember to pop in at Galleria Mafka&Alakoski before the Easter holidays! Mythical forest made of glass reveals itself in several unique pieces and also as small series product: Nemeton-vase. The signature item of the exhibition is made of mouth blown glass with prints of different trees. The idea was to create beautiful home decor item that in multiple pieces forms up an illusion of a forest.
Galleria Mafka&Alakoski is located in Helsinki city centre, Iso Roobertinkatu 19. It is part of Design District Helsinki – cluster of design, antique and fashion stores, galleries and museums. During Design District Eve 6.4. gallery will be hosting Meet-the-artist-evening until 9pm. You’re more than welcome to pop by, see the artworks, videos from glass studio and hear about the story behind Nemeton, mythical glass forest.
Nemeton glass art exhibition 16.3.-13.4.2017 – is now open in Helsinki city centre! Welcome to see unique art pieces and small series depicting the mythical forest at Galleria Mafka&Alakoski, Iso Roobertinkatu 19, Helsinki. The gallery is open Tue-Fri 11am -6pm and Sat 11am -4pm, free entry. The exhibition will run until 13.4.
The inspiration for the artworks comes from the universal myth of sacred forests. Drawings made of tree silhouettes, meadow flowers and bees collide with the imaginative world. Glass pieces are capturing images of sacred trees, imaginative spring rituals and sheer beauty of nature. All the artworks are mouth blown glass, made in Riihimäki, Finland. Welcome to the gallery, both to see the mythic glass art and videos of how they were formed out of hot glass.
Making of the new glass artworks has been supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
Ornamo Teosmyynti 2017– designer’s sales exhibition 13.4.-16.3.2017 Kaapelitehdas, Puristamo, Tallberginkatu 1 C. Open Mon-Fri 12–18, Sat-Sun 11–17
Ella Varvio: Nemeton 16.3.-13.4.2017 Galleria Mafka&Alakoski, Iso-Roobertinkatu 19. Open Tue-Sun 11-18
Both exhibitions have free entry and you can also check exhibition’s facebook events for more info: Ornamo Teosmyynti and Ella Varvio: Nemeton. Ornamo Teosmyynti presents artworks and designs from several artists and it’s part of Suomi100 events. (centenary of Finland’s 100 years of independence is full of events).
I’m also very glad (and slightly nervous) about my first solo exhibition in Helsinki at Galleria Mafka&Alakoski, gallery specialized in glass art at Iso-Roobertinkatu 19. The theme of my exhibition is the universal myth of sacred grove and forest as a playground for one’s imagination. Most of the artworks are unique pieces made with demanding Graal technique. Hope you’ll be enchanted by eerie images, hues of greenish blue and three dimensional effects of Graal technique. More pictures coming up, and most importantly -if you’re in Helsinki -come and see the show.