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

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

Photoshoot : freesias and Nemeton vase

Here you are, new photos of me and my Nemeton vase – and some freesia flowers! Photos: Otto Ojala

Nemeton vases will be available in NuGo, Nuutajärvi Glass Village’s gallery this summer. The vases are mouthblown glass made in Finland.

2019 happenings

Recent photo of two of my artworks by Otto Ojala

I’ve been trying to update and brush up my website – which means many of my old blog posts have disappeared and I’ve been trying to go for sleek and static site. If you miss my old blog and website, the stuff can be found at ellavarvioblog.wordpress.com

But now a quick look at this years events, palette of 2019’s events slowly building up:

  • NuGo Vieraileva Taiteilija kesä-elokuu : Guest artist at Nuutajärvi Glass Gallery June – August 2019. Nuutajärvi Glass Village is a traditional glassmaking site in Finland. Ella Varvio is visiting artist at Village’s gallery co-operative NuGo during summer months. Varvio’s art and design are on display at the gallery and there will be open lecture / demonstration. More info coming up!
  • Exhibition and auction at Bukowskis, Helsinki 16.6.2019
  • Art Gallery Rozendaal, Netherlands, 15.11.-22.12.2019 More information coming up, group exhibition in Southern Netherlands.
  • Gravur – group exhibition of engraved glass art, The Finnish Glass Museum 8-12/2019. More information coming up.

Meet you at Designtori 9-10.12.

Designtori, Tampere is held this weekend, my glass art and design are part of Galleria Rajatila’s sales exhibition. Designtori is open Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm, free entrance, welcome! Here’s pictures of works I’ve selected for the exhibition /// Viikonloppuna tavataan Designtorilla Tampereella! Designtori on Tullikamarilla la&su klo 11-17, vapaa pääsy. Teoksiani ja tuotteitani mukana Rajataiteen myyntinäyttelyssä, tässä muutama niistä:

Nemeton vases – mouthblown clear glass with prints of different tree silhouettes /// Nemeton maljakko, Suomessa valmistettua suupuhallettua lasia.

Simasuu tumblers, made of recycled glass /// Simasuu -juomalasit, valmistettu Suomessa kierrätyslasista

Springtime Witch – unique artwork, mouthblown glass, Graal technique /// Kevään noita -uniikki lasitaideteos

Ghosts -stoneware cups with decals /// Ghosts keramiikkakupit, kivitavara printeillä, valmistettu piensarjana Suomessa

Teardrop

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!

Old school

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…

Dylan Katz at Katzstudio making a prototype from my drawing. Dylan’s cozy studio is located in Hiedanranta, old industrial site in Tampere, worth to visit.

100 x Glass

Ella Varvio: Jäälasi -prototype 2016, mouth blown glass with asymmetrical form

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.

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

Afterglow

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.

The namesake of the exhibition: Nemeton-vase. Photo: Ammi Lahtinen

When it was all on the level of sketches… Photo: Ammi Lahtinen

Long long hours also in the cold workshop…

And the Ready piece! Queen of Vipers. Photo Iiro Immonen

The making of the new glass artworks was supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland