Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Pt. 2

open now / 2.3. - 26.3.2017 / Myymälä2

Wednesday, February 1, 2017



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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Paikkari/Tamminen Connection

Paikkari/Tamminen Connection for Paja & Bureau

Fired in the kilns of Arabia Factory in Helsinki, February 2016.

showcase at Paris Design Week 2016 together with NID

3.9. - 10.9.2016

showcase at Helsinki Design Week 2016
9.9. - 11.9.2016

showcase at Ventura Lambrate, Milan, Italy
12.4. - 17.4.2016 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Self made/hand made

/ at Cable Factory Fri / 4.12. /  12pm- 8pm Sat /  5.12. /  10am - 7pm Sun /  6.12. / 10am - 5pm /   


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Exhibition: Po & Po (Polaroid & Porcelain)

18.11.2015 - 5.12.2015

The exhibition deals with the built untrue sites of events.

Veera Tamminen’s artworks are based on analog polaroids that she has been taking during several years in Paris, New York, Stockholm, and Berlin, among the other cities.

Polaroid is an instant form of photography, it exists without an interphase. In common, the miniature porcelain sculptures need a minimal, short term drying process. The exhibited pieces will merge the documenting of true events and the making of the false, since the polaroids and the porcelain are about the same.

Opening on Tuesday 17.11.2015 5 to 7 pm. 
Artist lecture and the last day of the exhibition on Saturday 5.12.2015 2pm to 4pm.

Näyttelyn teokset käsittelevät rakennettuja valheellisia tilanteita. Teokset perustuvat analogisiin polaroideihin, joita Tamminen on  kuvannut usean vuoden ajan, muun muassa Pariisissa, New Yorkissa, Tukholmassa sekä Berliinissä.

Polaroid on välitöntä taltiointia, välivaiheetonta valokuvaa, ja niin ikään polaroidien pohjalta rakennettujen posliinisten pienoisteosten kuivumisaika on minimaalinen. Näyttelykokonaisuudessa sekoittuvat tekosyyt sekä todellisuuden taltiointi, sillä lähtökohtaisesti polaroidit ja posliinisavi ovat melkein samanlaisia: myös lopputulosten kanssa täytyy tulla toimeen.

Avajaiset tiistaina 17.11.2015 klo 17-19. 
Taiteilijatapaaminen lauantaina 5.12.2015 klo 14-16. 


Monday, April 20, 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Formerly know as Ikkunagalleria

2015/03/17 17:51:22 


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Things from the studio: Part 4, The Sieve

This gigantic sieve is a curiosity object found from Kipsari surroundings and taken to Osasto ateljés to prevent a possible future attack of hungry studio visitors and to assist in some serious amount of sieving.
Mesh size is vague but so are the best things in life, a little batch of from kitchen to ateljé philosphy for you.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Triaxial blend

I have started the research process for my thesis work. Everything is interesting and almost everything is connected. Please go ahead and take a peek at this blog by our québécois colleagues. What a wonderful spectrum of glaze test tiles and a variety of methods for glaze test blends!

Monday, January 19, 2015

20% OFF

Fox & Rabbit in Kallio is having a closing sale for the rest of June and July!

(Rest of the text originally published for Fox & Rabbit's January sale in the beginning of the year.)
Right now is a perfectly good excuse to make a trip to Kallio and to Vaasankatu if you still haven't - or if the last time has been a long while ago. A sale is something that from my opinion doesn't necessarily need to be done, since all the jewellery and other accessories at Fox & Rabbit, as well as my hand made porcelain cups and dishes, now 20% off, are originally priced exactly where they should be priced.

But we know that these days even a small purchase may seem like a luxury thing, so this sale is for you, dearest customers. Do not overlook this opportunity to get locally made stuff with a discount. Please visit Fox & Rabbit and support hand made, the young entrepreneurs, designers and artists, and also the Kallio district.

As the shop owner Henna has stated, it's tough time to be a small scale entrepreneur and a shop owner. She has been watching with a heavy heart while many shops have closed their doors. Last year we lost Design Forum Shop from Helsinki design cityscape and also Paloni's shop from Eerikinkatu.
I'm happy to see Fox & Rabbit is still there and going strong.

Bebes above available in February at
Fox & Rabbit, Vaasankatu 6, Kallio

Mon-Tue   closed.
Wed-Fri   16:30-19:00
Sat   11:00-16:00
Sun   open when they feel like it!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A Nice Cup of Tease

Year 2014 went out with a spectacle, a little shimmying and a lot of glitter!

Just a week before the holidays the burlesque duo A Nice Cup of Tease premiered their rococo inspired number at Rekola Kino. For their attire I designed and made four porcelain cup shapes. I finished my part of the project just before the exhibition adventure trip in June. The rest of the show has been secretly in the making for a long while, too.

The cups are mishima decorated with tea roses, ten sparrows and an equal amount of white bunnies. But let's not forget the gilding! 

These burlesque performers have real gold on their sous-vêtements!
The two burlesque starlets, Lauren Fuckall and Scarlet Wilde do not only plan and make their choreographies but they also sew their amazing costumes themselves, while having high tea, of course. The cups were made in exchange for two burlesque quality knitted grey knee socks - the very best form of trade!

A Nice Cup of Tease's stage show is quirky and fierce, spiced up with dazzling humour and synchronized quivers, grinds and bumps! These vaudeville belles will have a bright burlesque future and I truly hope that they'll get a chance to perform at the Helsinki Burlesque Festival, probably not the next one in February, but the one in the future. 

After that hopefully the conquest of Las Vegas and then the rest of the world domination.

Lauren Fuckall's secret is practice! Photos by Heini Mäntylä.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Artist lecture at Design Museum Helsinki

The last month of Keramiikka tilassa - keramiikan tila exhibition is on. I'm happy and excited to have the honour to end the series of artist lectures together with the other youngsters in the exhibition, Matias Liimatainen and Laura Pehkonen.

Tomorrow 16.12.2014 we will talk about decoration and it's future in ceramic art, despite the complex terminology, or rather lack of it, both in Finnish and in English vocabulary. A certain attitude towards decoration of the minimalistic design world is somehow still getting mixed in the discussion about Finnish ceramic art.

The artist lecture last week was an interesting event as well. Aalto University's Doctoral Candidates and ceramic artists Priska Falin and Camilla Groth were talking about research from the material point of view but also as a part of ceramic artists' studio practice. The discussion shed light on the academic work that is currently done in our University about ceramics and in the PhD level.

We'll try our best to make the lecture worth your visit tomorrow. I will share the background story of Oona Lisbet and Isabella Flipside, and on my behalf I will talk more about ceramic surface techniques in my art making and a little bit in my near future Master's Thesis.  

Warmly welcome to the last artist talk of Ceramics & Space exhibition at Designmuseo, Tuesday December 16th at 6pm, Korkeavuorenkatu 23!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

'Keramiikka tilassa - Keramiikan tila' Exhibition Catalogue

The catalogue for the Ceramics & Space exhibition is finally out! I got my copy a little bit ahead of everyone else because I just couldn't wait. I piled it up with a couple of other ceramics books since that's what you do with paper publications and in reality that is what happens on my side table. 

The book Fragiles (2008) is a collection of contemporary artwork in porcelain, glass and ceramics. It was published the same year I started studying ceramics and I bought this book with the money from my first Tokyo's Christmas Sales. The book was a big thing back then and my teacher Nathalie Lahdenmäki was featured in the book as the top of the contemporary ceramicists world wide. Currently, Nathalie's and Naoto Niidome's collaboration piece is exhibited at Designmuseo in Helsinki. 

The blue book from our school library is Taidekeramiikkaa Suomessa, edited by Åsa Hellman in 2004. The same year was the last time a bigger ceramics exhibition Syvällä savessa - Suomalaista nykykeramiikkaa was held in Finland at The Craft Museum in Jyväskylä. So many ceramic artists that were featured in the book are now part of the current exhibition, too.

I personally am very pleased that Keramiikka tilassa - Keramiikan tila exhibition stirs up conversation about ceramic art, design and education in Finland. The artists of the exhibition have given lectures every week and last Tuesday there was a panel discussion about the role of ceramics in contemporary art. The discussion was moderated by Helena Leppänen, PhD in Design and Applied Arts and the editor of the exhibition catalogue. One of my material research teachers Eeva Jokinen, ceramic artist Åsa Hellman, exhibition jury member and sculptor Kim Simonsson, and art critic Veikko Halmetoja, who wrote a review of the exhibition for Ornamo magazine, were keeping up the conversation.

Next Tuesday not only Tuula Lehtinen and Kristina Riska will give their artist lectures but there is also a chance to meet international guests Jill Singer, freelancer writer and co-founder of Sight Unseen online magazine, Davira Taragin, Consultative Curator of Decorative Arts at David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University, and Monica Gass, Museum Director of Keramikmuseum Westerwald in Germany, who was also a jury memeber for Keramiikka tilassa - Keramiikan tila exhibition.

This would be something not to miss.
Keramiikka tilassa - Keramiikan tila, Ceramics & Space, Keramikens rum 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

TOKYO Christmas Sales at Aalto University

Aalto-yliopiston Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulun ylioppilaat TOKYO ry järjestää perinteiset joulumyyjäisensä 28.-30.11.2014 Mediakeskus Lumessa osoitteessa Hämeentie 135 C, sisäänkäynti Taideteollisen korkeakoulun pääovista. 

Ystävät, kollegat ja nuoren designin sekä taiteen tukijat, älkää jättäkö tätä mahdollisuutta väliin. Viikonlopun mittainen tapahtuma on tilaisuus ostaa käsintehtyjä, kurrentteja ja absoluuttisen upeita joululahjoja suoraan niiden tekijöiltä! 

perjantai 28.11. klo 12-19
lauantai 29.11. klo 10-18
sunnuntai 30.11 klo 10-18

Lämpimästi tervetuloa!

Aalto University's TOKYO association, the student organization of School of Arts, Design and Architecture organizes the annual Christmas Sales from November 28th to the 30th at the Media Centre Lume on Arabia Campus. Join the event to support young designers and artists by buying hand made Christmas presents straight from the makers!

Friday November 28th 12pm-19pm 
Saturday November 29th 10am-18pm
Sunday November 30th 10am-18pm

Warmly welcome!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Venuksen kolmas nänni

Reminiscing my time in Paris continues, from busts to nipples. You'll hopefully sense how pissed I was at the time the photo was taken at Louvre. Right before making my first public performative piece, I witnessed three mid-aged men taking selfies and mimicking to pinch Gabrielle d'Estrées' painted nipple.

Highlighting this artwork as a curiosity pick in the printed visitors guide, and not giving any discussional or curatorial material at the Richelieu wing, makes me wonder if this is a counter argument towards this conversation stater. And do not get me wrong, I personally love this painting and it is an important piece to be exhibited, representing the field of commissioned and very personal art purchases in the 16th century. 

Meanwhile, Musee d'Orsay across the Seine is currently hosting a very well curated exhibition of Donatien Alphonse François de Sade's cultural impact. Even though the artworks and the quotes displayed are heavy material, every visitor there behaved like they were at an art exhibition observing culture in an art museum, and not somewhere you should get amused by nudity in a painting.

The way Louvre is exhibiting the painting, makes me think that this still should be a current topic

Venus' third nipples and Finger exercises, 2013, porcelain, china paints, pearls and other jewellery material. Exhibited at Node Gallery in an antique butterfly case, 40,5 cm x 45cm

In May 2013 Young Designers' Association held a juried Nuditas Spring Exhibition in Node Gallery at the Aalto University Arabia Campus. In the show the student members of the association exhibited works that defined the fine line between art and design - applied art.

I've been making porcelain brooches since 2012. The project is ongoing but the display varies depending on the occasion. The pieces of art have been for sale at Aalto University's semiannual sales and there I've received the whole spectrum of feedback. The loveliest art purchase was made by a recently graduated obstetrician who told me that I have made important work. Believe me, it's the other way around.

Photos by Nino Hynninen, Veera Tamminen

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Vernissage au Versailles

I'm finally back in Helsinki, sorting through new polaroids and sketches, and finding used metro tickets everywhere.

Before I left Paris and my ateljé at Cité I was lucky enough to visit Versailles once more and this time the garden was the main focus. The groves that are usually behind closed gates were exhibited accompanied by rococo music, in Les Jardins Musicaux event. I took my travelling tool box with me and while piqueniqueing at the Obelisk Grove, Bosquet de L'Obelisque, I sculpted a tiny rococo bust. It really made my shivering cold day when right after the short opening ceremony, thank you friends and spirits attended, two madames discovered my piece. They seemed to loved it and they even stopped to take photos! 

So this was my first attempt to make guerrilla art. No statues or stands were harmed when making this artwork. The miniature sculpture was made out of love for Versailles.

Château de Versailles and the garden has room for bigger artworks as well. Currently they are exhibiting works by a Korean artist Lee Ufan. During my first visit in Versailles in 2009 I got to see gigantic sculptures by Jeff Koons. Also Takashi Murakami and Joana Vasconcelos have both exhibited their works at the Château.

Photos by Nino Hynninen.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sèvres, Cité de la Céramique

A twin museum for Musée National Adrien Dubouché in Limoges, Sèvres is just a metro line away in Pont de Sèvres, on the edge of the Paris spiral. The manufacture was founded in 1740 in Vincennes and both Madame Pompadour and Louis XV had their royal businesses with the factory, naturellement.

A museum focused on ceramics is a rare treat but Sèvres is making sure to be the best one of them, with the squeakiest floors. They introduce the visitor to the craft with a quick ceramic history lesson starting with turquoise Ancient Egyptian paste and focusing on the discovery of porcelain in France. Since Limoges porcelain is said to be the best of the best porcelain in Europe it was interesting to notice that some of the most important pieces at the Sèvres museum weren't made of porcelain after all but of pâte tendre.
By an illustrated animation they explain how a Sèvres Duplessis Children vase (designed by Jean-Claude Duplessis in the 1750's) was built out of soft paste clay. This not very plastic clay body was created to imitate Chinese translucent porcelain. Soft paste did not contain kaolin and was fired lower than porcelain. Soft stands for fragility and the glaze could easily be scratched. According to Sèvres museum, finally in 1768 two Sèvres chemists found a kaolin deposit in Limousin region. Objects could finally be made out of porcelain.  

They pointed out, that making such an object in the manufacture would have needed 10 professionals. So today, consider ceramic art made by ceramic artists something worth seeing. I feel like it's good to mention here that in our studio community everything from material research, plaster molds, glazing, kiln loading, and gilding are done by the same person, the artist. Also a hand made object or one made in a manufacture would be something worth purchasing, as well.

The collection at Sèvres museum is compact comparing to Adrien Dubouché's vast collection but in Sèvres they do have a surprising and interesting selection of ceramic curiosities: super lumpy shino glazes from Japan, a flawed (flawless) majolica plate with crawled tin glaze, and jaw dropping jasper miracles. Their temporary exhibition of works by Elmar Trenkwalder was amazing. It was refreshing to see so monumental and unapologetic hand built sculptures.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

Keramiikka tilassa 10.10.2014 - 11.1.2015 Designmuseo

I'm visiting Helsinki for couple of days and it makes me so happy. First of all I get to attend the opening of the first Finnish ceramic art triennale that has been in the making for the past whole year! I'll get to celebrate Finnish ceramic art with my friends and colleagues! (And the second reason why I'm so happy to visit home is that I can then return to Paris.)
I can't wait to see all the amazing work that has been juried to be part of the exhibition and the new pieces and installations made for this very show! Among the 43 artists and 66 artworks, two of my portrait plates are exhibited as well and I'm honored to be included! Also the representation of our own studio community Osasto is amazing! Works by sculptors Emma Helle and Merja Ranki will be exhibited, and both Laura Pehkonen and Matias Liimatainen have created new artworks for the show!

Below is the press release for the exhibition. The superlatives are earned!  

Ceramics & Space
"In the coming autumn, Design Museum will present a completely new overview of contemporary Finnish ceramics. The Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo will stage Ceramics & Space, the first exhibition of contemporary Finnish ceramics in association with Design Museum and the Association of Finnish Sculptors.

This high-standard exhibition selected by a jury of experts has inspired professionals in the field to offer their best work. The theme of Ceramics & Space is expressed in poetic works as art, sculpture, installations and studies of form and material. Many of the works address the history of ceramics and its forms of representation at the present time. The works also take up subjects of a socio-political nature, with the material serving as a mirror on society and an ironic statement on the setting in which we live. What motifs are valuable enough for decorating plates or pots? The works of the exhibition display both pure beauty and grotesque humour, and they provide an opportunity for contemplation and questioning.

Ceramics is an important material of contemporary art with time-honoured traditions. The exhibition will give viewers a look at the opportunities of different ways of working with ceramics. It can be shaped, cast, broken, illustrated, built and combined with new media.  The exhibition will also present the present state of ceramic art in Finland, from solid craftsmanship and command of the material to work of a less restricted nature in which everything is possible. It will address the traditions of ceramic art, awareness of these traditions and separation from them."

The exhibition will feature the following artists:
Erna Aaltonen, Arni Aromaa, Christine Candolin, Priska Falin, Camilla Groth, Merja Haapala, Risto Hämäläinen, Emma Helle, Åsa Hellman, Markku Hirvelä, Kerttu Horila, Fujiwo Ishimoto, Sakari Kannosto, Kirsi Kivivirta, working group Nathalie Lahdenmäki and Naoto Niidome, working group Olli Larjo and Lasse Wallenius, Tuula Lehtinen, Matias Liimatainen, Riikka Mäkikoskela, Jarmo Mäkilä, Tiia Matikainen, Saana Murtti, Maritta Nurmi, Soile Paasonen, Pekka Paikkari, Laura Pehkonen, Pauliina Pöllänen, Merja Ranki, Päivi Rintaniemi, Kristina Riska, Riitta Rönkkö, Sami Ruotsalainen, Johanna Rytkölä, Anneli Sainio, Caroline Slotte, Tuuli Somma, Kirsti Taiviola, Riitta Talonpoika, Veera Tamminen, Tiina Vainio, Jyrki Valkola, Iina Vuorivirta and Karin Widnäs.

The jury:
Monika Gass, museum director, Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Germany
Maija Helasvuo, sculptor, The Finnish Association of Sculptors
Suvi Saloniemi, curator, Design Museum
Kim Simonsson, sculptor, The Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo

The exhibition will be open 10 October 2014 - 11 January 2015 at Design Museum in Helsinki, Korkeavuorenkatu 23! 
Warmly welcome!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Meilleur de Paris: Astier de Villatte

I experienced a little bit of ceramicist heaven when I visited Astier de Villatte, this one of a kind ceramic ware shop with a dark, mysterious, almost unnoticeable facade. Their gorgeous website doesn't tell too much about the concept of the store but I was lucky enough to have a little chat with one of the friendliest shopkeepers.

The ceramic objects are made by hand at the only Parisian ceramics factory still existing, somewhere secret in the 13e arrondissement. No visitors are allowed there but everybody's of course warmly welcomed at the only shoppe of the company (173, rue Saint-Honoré, 1er). To make their ceramic ware the company uses a Parisian clay body that is dark in colour and their signature glaze is glossy and white.

At the shop they are currently exhibiting Nathalie Lété's whimsical ceramic paintings and they have also collaborated previously with artists such as Countess Setsuko Klossowska de Rola, John Derian and PATCH NYC.

“We are inspired by things forgotten,” Ivan says, “things that aren’t very well considered.”

The founders, Ivan Pericoli and Benoît Astier de Villatte, tell more about the company in their short film. They let the camera take a peek at the factory and they also reveal a little bit of the making process: press mold!

(I recently realized that Paris is a spiral when it comes to the arrondissements. It starts with the 1er arrondissement and ends up with 20e! I consider this as one of the biggest epiphanies I've had so far!)