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

 

Olen Nuutajärven NuGOssa vieraileva taiteilija kesäkuukaudet -esillä on mm. uunituoreita ja vaihteeksi Nuutajärvellä tehtyjä teoksia. Taiteilijatapaaminen järjestetään 6.7. NuGOssa, taiteestaan kertomassa allekirjoittanut ja keramiikkataiteilija Petra Jäppinen klo 12-14. Pst. kylän kesänäyttely on aikamoinen spektaakkeli, suosittelen tutustumaan.


I am visiting artist at NuGo gallery in Nuutajärvi, Finland for summer months. On 6th of June the gallery is holding meet-the-artist event with me and ceramist Petra Jäppinen, you’re warmly welcome! Also highly recommend to see the village’s annual summer exhibition!

For more information visit NuGO’s facebook-event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2261411057443736/

Meeri -tumblers are available at NuGO shop Nuutajärvi this summer

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.

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!

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

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 -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

 

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!