I make humorous and affectionate animal sculptures in the Roihupelto Art Quarter in Helsinki and teach ceramics at Tuusula and Nurmijärvi colleges. I’m a ceramic artist and a visual art teacher (MA).
In the latter part of the 80’s I focused on metal graphics. The career took off promisingly until my home was destroyed in a fire in 1992. The printing press rusted from the extinguishing water and all the prints at home burned. The same autumn, I started my art education studies at the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi. After graduating MA, I worked as an visual art teacher at Muurola Comprehensive School and Gymnasium in Rovaniemi for 18 years. I resigned her job in 2016 and graduated from Axxell, Espoo as a ceramic artisan 2017. Since then I have focused on ceramics and artistic creation. I founded a company and online store Ainonia in October 2019.
I have enjoyed the nature since my childhood – wandering in the forests and swimming in crystal clear waters. The details of nature intertwine in my thoughts into stories: starring otters, imaginary fish, ringed seals and hares. I want to create visual experiences that delight people amidst everyday life.
Although some figurative animal sculptures are based on realistic photographs, their formal language is freely stylized. Fishes are brought forth merely by imagination and word plays. Identification with animals is natural; after all, we have the same basic needs – drink, food, heat and fellow members of species. The complexity and confusion of life fades away for a moment when watching animals.
Three-dimensional form plays a key role in my artistic expression. I has sculpted ice, snow and wood, welded scrap metals, casted sculptures in concrete and plaster, fused recycled glass, and made silver jewellery. Ceramics is the closest and most natural means of expression for me. Firing techniques and the effect of chemical reactions on colors and patterns is an inspiring field of research with enough challengefor the rest of one’s life. At the moment, I am most fascinated with wood fired ceramics.