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.

 

  

 

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) :

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.

 

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

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

My work in process…

In early September I was participating in a workshop organized by the Finnish Glass Museum in Riihimäki. The workshop followed the opening of Back on Tour -exhibition of modern engraved glass in Europe. The exhibition is a real cornucopia of new engraved glass and I highly recommend to visit!

The workshop itself was instructed by glass artist and engraver master Wilhelm Vernim at the premises of Lasismi studio in Riihimäki. The gaffer of the workshop was glassblower Korbinian Stöckle alongside with Lasismi’s glassblowers. Week’s theme was Graal, which is fairly familiar to me, but I’ve still got a lot to learn on these engraving techniques. Many thanks to all for a great week!

Engraving machine and different lathes. Susanne Koskimäki’s sketches on overlay sheet glass in the middle.
My graal piece in the state of hot sculpting. I think I will title this work as Snake Orgy…

 

In search of a perfect yellow or a perfect purple? I’m excited from a recent cooperation with Tampere University on glass colours. Together with the university we designed and tested colours for glass – and some of the colours will hopefully be suitable for my future artworks.

Glowing hot crucible of coloured glass! Photo : Jonne Renvall / Tampere University

Read the article from University’s website, available both in English and Finnish :

https://www.tuni.fi/unit-magazine/en/articles/search-perfect-yellow-glass-scientist-and-glass-artist-join-forces-develop-new-glass

https://www.tuni.fi/unit-magazine/artikkelit/tahtaimessa-taydellinen-keltainen-lasitutkija-ja-taiteilija-kehittavat-yhdessa-uusia

 

I am excited about my own theme auction at Bukowskis Helsinki. The online action and the actual exhibition at Mastokatu 4-6, Helsinki will be up 12-19th of June. The collection consists mainly of my older work. My mind is very much on new production and thereby I’d be glad if these pieces would find a new home.

Follow the link to the auction catalogue, below are also some samples of the work on sale.

https://www.bukowskis.com/en/auctions/E397/lots