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Kerttu Nurminen (born 1943) graduated from the Institute of Industrial Arts in 1970. She worked as a designer and artist in the Nuutajärvi glassworks 1972–2007. Designed in 1988, Mondo is Kerttu Nurminen’s best-known series of glassware.
A feature common to Kerttu Nurminen’s works in glass art is narrativity, which already emerged in the 1970s. Her themes and motifs are often from her nearby surroundings, nature and Nuutajärvi village.
Helena Tynell (1918-2016) became the Riihimäki glassworks’ first permanently employed designer in 1946. Helena Tynell is well known for her engraved art glass. She regarded glass as if it were a living thing. She was interested in art, although practical household glassware was the main focus of her work. When the mouth blowing of glass ended in 1976, the designers’ contracts also ended.
Helena Tynell had pursued two parallel careers. In 1963, she began to design glass lamps for the BEGA Company of Germany and for its glassworks in Limburg. Helena Tynell moved in 1976 to Germany for ten years. Her career was thus international and she was appreciated as a versatile designer both in Finland and abroad.
Exhibition by the glass students of Häme University of Applied Sciences presents art and design from all year-groups made with many different glass techniques.
Behind it all: 80 % passion + 10 % intuition + 15 % trial and error + 10 % pressure + 33 % success!
Johannes Rantasalo’s exhibition Live in Museum marks the 25th anniversary of his career as an artist. The exhibits are mostly recent work, but visitors can also admire selections of Rantasalo’s works from over the years.
The materials of Rantasalo’s works are metal and glass. Their motifs come from the artist’s surrounding and inner world.
The making itself is crucial part of the story of an artwork. Through sketches, material testing and photos from different glass studios, designer Ella Varvio is presenting her explorations with glass art – and opening up the story behind individual art objects.
Varvio has graduated from Aalto University in 2015, and she has specialized in narrative imagery on mouthblown glass, especially using variations of Graal technique. Her first Graal piece was made in a student workshop in Sweden 2011, and ever since she has explored the technique in her artworks, that have been made in different glass studios in Finland and abroad.