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The exhibition Handmade – Scandinavian Glass Starting all over focuses on the future of glass art and its development. Three museums specializing in glass – The Finnish Glass Museum, Finland, The Glass Factory, Sweden and Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark, have invited glass artists to show together with the museums what glass art can offer, what is relevant to the exercise of the art form and the future of glass in the Nordic region.
This is partly in the form of a travelling exhibition, which focuses on the new tendencies, and collaborations and networks. The exhibition is the first contemporary Nordic glass exhibition in twenty years.
Kaj Franck (1911–1989) is one of Finland’s best-known designers. He originally graduated in furniture design in 1932 from the Central School of Industrial Art in Helsinki. In 1945, Franck was hired by the Arabia factory in Helsinki to design porcelain and ceramics. He designed products for the Iittala glassworks from 1946 to 1949.
Since Franck was already employed by the Arabia company, which was owned by Wärtsilä, he began to design glass at Nuutajärvi. He concentrated on the mass production of basic objects and personified a Finnish version of the Scandinavian concept of ‘beautiful everyday things’.
Riikka Haapasaari is an artist working with glass and the moving image. She graduated as Bachelor of Arts from Aalto University in 2012, and Master of Arts from the Royal College of Arts in 2014.
Stories in Glass consists of short films, almost all of which will be premiered at the Finnish Glass Museum. The works lead viewers under a glassy sky, to seek roots and a home, to a growing up story of a piece of glass, and finally turn the gaze to the future via the past.
Designer Pasi Kärkkäinen-Tunkelo (b. 1986) works widely in the field of design. He has cooperated with Samuji -brand designing print fabrics and interior decorations and housewares for Samuji Home.
Pieces in the exhibition contain sculptures where art meets design. Sculptures are made with glass and combined it with other materials. Starting point of the art pieces has been observation and experiencing the shore environment. Illustration like expression of the pieces shows Kärkkäinen-Tunkelo's background with the print and pattern design.