The theme of the exhibition is ceramics fired in flame kilns (gas, wood and oil). With roots in Mesopotamia, the technique has spread in different variations around the world over the course of thousands of years. Central to the exhibits of the exhibition are ceramics created via man, materials and the firing process and the demonstration of its broad scope as an art form.
In Finland flame kilns have been traditionally used for firing local red clay, e.g. brick and lead-glazed utility ware. As the ceramics industry expanded (Arabia, Kermansavi, Pentik), stoneware and porcelain came into use. In studio work, the limitations of using flame-kilns were dictated by the prevailing conditions of ceramists moving into the cities and the introduction of electric kilns into Finland in the 1970s. Flame kilns remained in use among only a few professionals until the 1990s, when a new surge of interest and kiln building began.
In other countries flame kilns have been in continuous use among ceramists. The construction and size of the kilns vary, some being based on millennia-old traditions while others represent modern innovations. The images in the exhibition provide information on the firing processes of the pieces.
The exhibition aims at presenting as broadly as possible the making of studio ceramics from the perspectives of utility ware and art ceramics alike and inspiring the recognition of existing ceramic know-how and reforming design in the field of ceramics. We have invited 55 ceramists/ceramic artists from Finland and abroad representing the highest skills in this area.
Workshop Wed - Thr 23rd - 25th July 2008
Seminar II Saturday 26th July 2008 at 9am - 4pm
Finnish exhibition participants: Nanna Bayer, Kai Berglöf, Cornelius Colliander, Paul Envalds, Henrik Gröhn, Tiina Harjola, Airi Hortling, Risto Hämäläinen, Terhi Juurinen, Mallu Järkkä, Catharina Kajander, Nina Karpov, Arja Martikainen, Jussi Mäkelä, Risto Paatero, Pekka Paikkari, Pirkko Pajunen, Timo Pajunen, Heikki Rahikainen, Liisa Rissanen, Anneli Sainio, Mika Sarasjoki, Kim Simonsson, Minna Sola, Elina Sorainen, Erkki Stenius, Riitta Talonpoika, Satu Tamminen, Ritva, Tulonen, Kati Tuominen-Niittylä, Heli Valaja, Irma Weckman, Karin Widnäs and Tapio Yli-Viikari.
Foreign exhibition participants: Ingrid Allik (Estonia), Palma Babos (Hungary), Jaap Borgers (Netherlands), Bente Brosböl-Hansen (Denmark/Sweden), Kent Ericsson (Sweden), Jane Hamlyn (U.K.), Nils Holmström (Sweden), Morten Lobner Espersen (Denmark), Janet Mansfield (Australia), Coll Minogue (Ireland), Genc Mulliqi (Albania), Svein Narum (Norway), Tomasz Niedziolka (Poland), Hana Novotná (Czech Republic), Margaret O´Rorke (U.K.), Kouichi Ohara (Japan), Suku Park (Korea), Urmas Puhkan (Estonia), Jane Reumert (Denmark), Robert Sanderson (Scotland/Ireland) and Kwang Cho Yoon (Korea).