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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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

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

 

Nemeton glass art exhibition is running still until 13.4., so remember to pop in at Galleria Mafka&Alakoski before the Easter holidays! Mythical forest made of glass reveals itself in several unique pieces and also as small series product: Nemeton-vase. The signature item of the exhibition is made of mouth blown glass with prints of different trees. The idea was to create beautiful home decor item that in multiple pieces forms up an illusion of a forest.

Nemeton-vases, photos: Iiro Immonen

Galleria Mafka&Alakoski is located in Helsinki city centre, Iso Roobertinkatu 19. It is part of Design District Helsinki – cluster of design, antique and fashion stores, galleries and museums. During Design District Eve 6.4. gallery will be hosting Meet-the-artist-evening until 9pm. You’re more than welcome to pop by, see the artworks, videos from glass studio and hear about the story behind Nemeton, mythical glass forest.

Little Viper, unique piece 2017, Photo: Iiro Immonen

Welcome to see my art in Helsinki this month!

  • Ornamo Teosmyynti 2017 – designer’s sales exhibition 13.4.-16.3.2017 Kaapelitehdas, Puristamo, Tallberginkatu 1 C. Open Mon-Fri 12–18, Sat-Sun 11–17
  • Ella Varvio: Nemeton 16.3.-13.4.2017 Galleria Mafka&Alakoski, Iso-Roobertinkatu 19. Open Tue-Sun 11-18

Both exhibitions have free entry and you can also check exhibition’s facebook events for more info: Ornamo Teosmyynti and Ella Varvio: Nemeton.  Ornamo Teosmyynti presents artworks and designs from several artists and it’s part of Suomi100 events. (centenary of Finland’s 100 years of independence is full of events).

Ella Varvio: Maan korvessa 2016

I’m also very glad (and slightly nervous) about my first solo exhibition in Helsinki at Galleria Mafka&Alakoski, gallery specialized in glass art at Iso-Roobertinkatu 19. The theme of my exhibition is the universal myth of sacred grove and forest as a playground for one’s imagination. Most of the artworks are unique pieces made with demanding Graal technique. Hope you’ll be enchanted by eerie images, hues of greenish blue and three dimensional effects of Graal technique. More pictures coming up, and most importantly -if you’re in Helsinki -come and see the show.

Ella Varvio: Kevään noita / Spring Witch 2016