Tuesday, March 27, 2018


1.4 - 14.4.2018

Opening times

Sunday 1.4 opening klo 17-19
Monday 2.4 klo 14-18
Tuesday 3.4 klo 14-18
Wednesday 4.4 klo 11-14
Thusday 5.4 closed
Friday 6.4 closed
Saturday 7.4 klo 14-17
Sunday 8.4 klo 14-18
Monday 9.4 klo 14-18
Tuesday 10.4 closed
Wednesday 11.4 klo 12-16
Thusday 12.4 klo 15-19
Friday 13.4 klo 15-19
Saturday 14.4 klo 12-15

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Victoria & Albert Museum

In the London Kensington, in Victoria & Albert Museum, at the 6th floor, there's three rooms with glass cabinets from floor to ceiling filled with ceramic objects. The museum has four million objects and I am sure that the ceramics department contains at least a million.

Divided by their origin, objects from Britain, Italy and Iran, to name a few, Josiah Wedgwood's Jasper is represented wastly, and of course Delft. Make sure to indulge V&A's collection browser finding subjects for your intrigue, and preparing your visit to the vastest possible ceramics collection. 

The Museum is the worlds largest museum for arts decoratifs and is a sight to be seen since it was build with the profits from the London world exhibition/The Great Exhibition in 1851, decorations partly of ceramics.

The museum offers residencies with a close connection to the collection, included Pauliina Pöllänen. Her residency period was followed by a remarkable exhibition in Design Museum in Helsinki.

My pick from the collection, considering my upcoming work, was Bernard Palissy's (1510-1589) nature mimicing pieces. His artworks are exhibited worldwide and it's remarkability considers every ceramics history glass given. 

French/Parisianized Plaissy's mould cast works of art are based on French medieval. Adopting his style, potteries in Fontainebleau and Normandy continued to make wares after Palissy in the 1700 century. Palissy, himself, studying for 16 years to receive the final outcome/insanity.

While prepairing my upcoming third solo exhibition published in April, and the nature mimicry, I can't ignore his legacy. (In addition to the Balschka glass flower collection in Harvard).

Friday, November 10, 2017

Serenity/Calm, porcelain, 2017

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Royal Delft, De Porceleyne Fles

City of the famous cobalt blue ceramic ware of Delft is by a train trip south east from Amsterdam. It's the birthplace of Vermeer with lots of cute shops and intriguing restaurants and cafes.

Royal Delft is the only remaining Delft ware manufacturer form the 17th century, still producing their products entirely by hand, and hand painted too. To become a Delft master painter it would take 10 years, basic training for a year, four to five years to master all the decoration techniques.

The Delft blue motifs have taken influences form the Chinese porcelain ware from Ming and Kang Hsi Dynasties, whilst typical Dutch landscapes start to appear from the beginning of the 17th century.

The factory also produces contemporary designs, designed by Dutch designers in close collaboration with the master painters.

The small museum has a collection of King Willem III form 1887 and a selection of unique modern celebratory and commemorative ware, factory gaining the royal or Koninklijke prefix quite late, in 1920's. The factory building has beautiful ceramic tile and pilar architecture anno 1655.

During the weekends the factory showcases only the master painting of the Delft Blue, but they invite their visitors into their factory and the kiln room, nevertheless.

Apart form the Delft blue ceramic ware, the museum exhibits red, blue, and gold earthenware called Pijnacker, the Dutch interpretation of Japanese Imari porcelain from the 17th century.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Pt. 2

open now / 2.3. - 26.3.2017 / Myymälä2

Monday, February 20, 2017

LP, 2014

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Berlin/Bronx, porcelain, 2015

BENEVOLENCE (Po&Po series) 

KXX5 AI 40 CN 40 CQ 20   KXX5 CQ 100
KXX5 AI 40 CN 60   KXX5 AI 20 CN 60 CQ 20
KXX5 AI 60 CN 40   KXX5 AI 20 CN 40 CQ 40
KXX5 AI 80 CN 20  KXX5 AI 40 CN 20 CQ 40
KXX5 AI 100   KXX5 JO 100
KXX5 AC 1⁄3   KXX5 AB 1⁄4

Friday, April 15, 2016

Antonyms for hindered

Advance, aid, allow, assist, encourage, expedite, facilitate, forward, further, help, begin, free, go, let go, liberate, permit, promote, push, support, approve, loosen, open, release, start, unblock.

"hindered". Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition. Philip Lief Group 2009. 06 Aug. 2017 http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/hindered

BEHIND THE SEEN 2016 - Finnish and German ceramic art exhibition

15.04. - 08.05.2016 at Porvoo Art Hall

The theme for the exhibition was collaboration and it's hidden nature in ceramic art. The artworks exhibited at Porvoo Art Hall have been created in a multiprofessional collaboration or contemplated the exhibition theme otherwise, since we asked the exhibiting Finnish and German artist and artist groups to approach the exhibition theme freely. The exhibition call was open for The Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo and German Kunsthandwerker Baden-Württemberg e.V. members.

Ute BeckGermany
Åsa HellmanFinland
Katri-Maria HuhtakallioFinland
Catharina KajanderAntero Kahila & Kirsi PoutanenFinland
Markus KlausmannGermany
Katja KotikoskiFinland
Tiia MatikainenFinland
Angela Munz & Claudia MayerGermany
Heide NonnenmacherGermany
Matias LiimatainenMari Paikkari & Laura PehkonenFinland
Riikka Latva-Somppi & Mervi HaapakoskiFinland
Heidi Aulikki PuumalainenFinland
Veera TamminenFinland
Satu TurunenFinland
Barbara WielandGermany


We have asked the Finnish and German individual artist and artist groups to study the exhibition theme in their art works but to approach the theme freely. The submitted art works have been curated to exhibit the multiple view points.  

The theme and the art works will be based on ceramic material and the idea of material based art, craft and design. The exhibition will convert the discussion to the field of contemporary art. For curating and researching the subject we'll bring other materials next to ceramics. For the show, we were looking for pieces that have been created in a multi professional collaboration and art works that will contemplate the subject otherwise. 

The exhibited artworks are created in collaborations, for example Catharina Kajander’s terracotta sculpture has been created together with a musician and Barbara Wieland’s ceramic works ponder the after effects of an art project with refugee children. The artists groups will create new artworks for the show while interacting with each other, and also the past collaborations will be exhibited, such as Markus Klausmann’s hommage art works, or the results of Riikka Latva-Somppi’s and Mervi Haapakoski’s creative working processes. The upcoming ceramic art exhibition will bring up the hidden collaborations as well, therefore, the collaborators on the background such as mold makers and wood firers will be shouted out.

The ceramic art exhibition Behind the Seen is a part of a long term project between The Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo and the German Bund der Kunsthandwerker Baden-Württemberg e.V. The exhibition in Porvoo is a mutual gesture for a long term collaboration with our German colleagues and a response for a collaborative ceramic art exhibition held at the Historical Ceramics Museum at the Ludwigsburg castle in Summer 2014.

Currently the project aims to travel as a new exhibition to Germany.


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Paikkari/Tamminen Connection

Paikkari/Tamminen Connection for Paja & Bureau

Fired in the kilns of Arabia Factory in Helsinki, February 2016.
Permanet exhibition at Paja & Bureau, Korkeavuorenkatu 6, Helsinki

showcase at Paris Design Week 2016 together with NID, no show

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