PhotonArt vol.1

How about combining glass art, archeology and photonics in one project? I have been starting on a multidisciplinary PhotonArt project that does exactly that!

The unique glass colour samples, made for my artistic work by Tampere University Photonics laboratory. Some of these are inspired by ancient Chinese glazes.

In this project glazes from ancient Chinese ceramics are being analyzed to both understand their composition and to design new glass materials and colours. Tampere University has received ceramic shards dating from Song Dynasty (960-1279AD) from the collections of ASET Stiftung. Song Dynasty ceramics are known for their elegant design and variety of different glazes. Glazing means a thin layer of glass both decorating and protecting the surface of the pottery.

Raw early stage sketches showing variety of shapes seen in Song Dynasty ceramics.

Specific glazes were chosen for this project based on their color and texture which are due to the presence of crystals and metallic particles. In the first phase of the research the composition of glazes was analyzed using different scanning methods such as electron microscope and X-ray fluorescence.

The ancient Chinese glazes serve as an inspiration for development of new glass materials for both art and science. The aim is to create similar colours and metallic crystals in different glass compositions. The focus for photonics is in optical glass and enhancing and altering its properties, whereas glass artist is more interested in colour hues and artistic expression.

Example of the glazed ceramics analyzed in this project. Photo : ASET Stiftung

I consider it a great priviledge to be the artist in this project and get tailored colours to work with. Melting the glasses, blowing and sculpting them, grinding and engraving will reveal how the colours suit for small studio use.

Close up of hot glass on a blowing pipe

Furthermore I will look for inspiration from the past, especially Song Dynasty ceramics – whether it be classical shapes, certain colours or motifs from tomb statues. At the end of next year I will be having an exhibition at Galleria Himmelblau, Tampere – there I will show the outcomes of this project!

More early stage sketches : inspiration from the ancient Chinese ceramic horse sculptures found in tombs. They were supposed to be your ride in the afterlife…

The project is supported by Finnish Cultural Trust’s Pirkanmaa Regional Funds. Earlier this year they released an article on PhotonArt, you can check it on the link below :

https://skr.fi/en/whats-new/when-archaeology-meets-contemporary-glass-art-and-advanced-photonics

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.

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.

 

Exhibition open at Art Gallery Rozendaal

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

Art Gallery Rozendaal 16.11.-22.12.2019

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

Voipaala -viimeinen viikko

 Voipaalan Herkkyyskausi -näyttelyn viimeinen viikko alkaa nyt! Tässä muutama kuva, kuvaajana Ina Jaakkola.


Some pictures from Voipaala exhibition, last week to go! Photo credits: Ina Jaakkola

Engraving

Wilhelm Vernim demonstrating engraving at glass studio Lasismi, Riihimäki

Overlay sheet glass, this ruby red matches the autumn colours…

I recently took part in glass engraving workshop by artist-engravers Heikko Schulze-Höing ja Wilhelm Vernim. I have always been a dremel engraver and these more traditional lathes and wheels were a bit of a challenge to learn! The course was organized by the Finnish Glass Museum and glass studio Lasismi in Riihimäki, Finland. The aim was to re-introduce Finnish glass artists and designers to traditional craft of glass engraving … and well yes I finally got some sort of grip of these tools.

…jeez this is difficult, practicing engraved portraits .

Btw. Herkkyyskausi exhibition is still going on in Voipaala Art Center near Valkeakoski until 5.11. On Sunday 29.10 2pm onwards I am going to be at the art center telling about the techniques and stories behind my artworks. Welcome!

Voipaalan Taidekeskus, Sääksmäentie 772, Sääksmäki. Open Tue-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-6pm. Admission without discounts 6 euros.

Even more test pieces from the workshop

Herkkyyskausi

 

Herkkyyskausi -exhibition poster, art by Katri Heinänen

Voipaalan taidekeskuksen Herkkyyskausi -näyttely on auki 5.11. asti. Näyttelyssä on teoksia Carita Ahlqvistilta, Ella Varviolta, Katri Heinäseltä, Sampsa Indréniltä ja Leena Illukkalta -esillä on monenkirjavia tekniikoita ja materiaaleja, pellavasta tussipiirrokseen ja lasista kirjontaan. Taidekeskus Sääksmäellä on auki ti-pe 11-17, la-su 12-18. Tervetuloa!

Herkkyyskausi is Voipaala Art Center’s fall exhibition, displaying interesting variety of different materials and techniques from a bunch of artists: Artists: Carita Ahlqvist, Ella Varvio, Katri Heinänen, Sampsa Indrén, Leena Illukka. The exhibition is open until 5.11.

Voipaala manor house, now a place for art exhibitions, Sääksmäki, Finland

Also worth of visiting is the historic hill fortress of Rapola, just beside Voipaala art center. The hill itself has been formed during ice age, and it was turned into fortress in Viking Age or even earlier… So if you’re into hiking, history and arts, definetaly recommend visiting Voipaala Art Center and Rapola hill fort. Here’s a view from the hill:

 

Uskomuspuu / Sacred Tree 2017