EGC 2016

I feel so lucky! Because of European Glass Context 2016 -conference I spent some sunny and compelling days on the picturesque island of Bornholm, Denmark.

At the conference I present my study Conscience of glass from last year. It is a report on Finnish glassmaking today and an insight into realities and mindset of contemporary glassmakers. I am proud to have had the chance to present the research now at Bornholm for international audience of glass people. The full study can be read by clicking here to: Aaltodoc.

Besides the conference I attended The Glass Virus -educational think tank and visited the openings of the exhibitions of European Glass Context. Great people, interesting conversations, beautiful diversity of glass artworks… what would one wish for more! I don’t feel at all like leaving the island.

Project Graal 2012

In 2012 I was busy with my BA final work for Ceramic and Glass Design at Aalto University. These artworks are some of the results. The graal-glass-technique was new for me, and I approached it with a melancholical theme of drowning and diving in to deep waters.


The glass vases are all mouth blown at the university’s studio in Helsinki by glassblower Elina Piispanen. You can find a video of the making here:

psgraalnaamat5Ella Varvio 2012

This work above “Two faces of a drowned man” is featured in the European Glass Experience -touring exhibition. In March 2015 it will be included in an exhibition at Museo del Vetro, Venice.

These older works have been signed by name Ella Jaakkola.