The beauty of the Finnish landscape has a central place in my artwork. During childhood I spent many summers at the seaside and in autumn we were picking wild mushrooms in the forests close to our home. Today I am much inspired by the magic scenery at the lakeside of my summer cottage situated in a designated nature reserve. The 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.
Traditionally Nordic artists travelled to Southern Europe to work and for me too the Mediterranean region has been a source of inspiration. Summers spent in Southern Europe, mainly in Provence, have brought me close to the ancient cultures and my love of art history -- 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 colours and decorative patterns. My techniques include modelling, slab-building, wheel-throwing and press-moulding. I try to create varied surface structures and apply coloured slips by brush or sponge in several layers, sometimes using sgraffito and wax-resist. The infinite possibilities of ceramic techniques provide an enjoyable and endless challenge!
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