Nature and the beauty of the Finnish landscape has a central place in my artwork. I am much inspired by walks in the forest as well as by spending time watching the magic scenery at the seaside or by the lakes. Constantly changing hues and shapes of trees, plants and water never cease to fascinate me and these wonders of nature will sooner or later appear in the form of ceramic art pieces.
During childhood I spent several summers in Southern Europe, mainly in Provence. I also studied art history before studying ceramics. All this brought me close to the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean region and my love of ancient art -- Etruscan terracotta, Islamic tiles and Egyptian wall painting --is reflected in my work, if not directly then in spirit.
I am drawn to large formats and use strong colors and decorative patterns. My techniques include modelling, slab-building, wheel-throwing and press-moulding. I try to create varied surface structures and apply colored slips by brush or sponge in several layers, sometimes using graffito and wax-resist. The infinite possibilities of ceramic techniques provide an enjoyable and endless challenge!
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