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

Welcome to the new age of glass – exhibition and talk at Institut français de Finlande

I am having a mini-exhibition of my glass artworks and samples from PhotonArt project at the French Institute in Helsinki 1-17.6.2022. Moreover the institute is organizing a Café scientifique talk around the new era of glass. Talk is held on 16th of June, glass scientists Laeticia Petit and Jonathan Massera – and glass artist yours truly – are talking about past, presence and future of glass!

More info and registration to the event :

Welcome to the new age of glass

My glass artworks, Summer Night and Trot, by the window at the French Institute’s library, on Yrjönkatu central Helsinki

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

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

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

Sugar and Spice at Helsinki Design Week

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

Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice

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.

Video editing fun

Thanks for the holidays and some rest I have finally had enough time to edit my videos from 2017. So here you are, enjoy!

It might be topical that I might update my site soon, so have a look in older post – because they might disappear soon… All in all, many thanks 2017!

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

Designtori Tampere 7.5.

Welcome to see Galleria Rajatila’s exhibition at Designtori, Tampere this Sunday. Proud to be part of the exhibition with my glass artworks. See you at Tullikamari 11am-6pm!

Memento Mori, Carpe Diem -unique graal glass, made in Riihimäki, Finland with glassblower Kari Alakoski 2017