Noir / Gallery Halmetoja

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Noir / Veera Kulju

Veera Kulju creates ceramic sculptures and reliefs by hand. Her idiom effortlessly refers to both natural forms and genres that have utilized nature motifs. Her relationship to these genres is self-aware, even mischievous. Compared to, for example, the decorations of jugendstil, Kulju has a more liberal approach. As she creates the shapes by hand, they don’t need to be regular or reproducible.

As per its title, the Noir exhibition focuses on the colour black. The artworks on display are either made from black clay or have been glazed black. Their mood is nocturnal and mysterious. Their world is that of secret parties, night clubs and hotel suites. On the other hand, they could also come into a nightly bloom in the middle of a dark rainforest.

Veera Kulju is a visual artist who also works with design. Here, her selection of materials also includes textiles. As a contemporary artist, she is specifically  a sculptor utilizing ceramics. She is known for her white popcorn artworks, but in recent years, popcorns have made way for more mysterious and dark milieus. Her previous solo exhibition in Veikko Halmetoja’s ARTag Gallery in 2018 was almost all white; this one is all black.

Kulju’s art has also been on display in New York at the Hostler Burrows gallery and in 2019, her sculpture was acquired by the Swedish Nationalmuseum after her solo exhibition in Stockholm.

Also a virtual exhibition check more here: Noir / Venezia

Review in Helsingin Sanomat:

Photos by Jaakko Kahilaniemi. In some pictures Timo Vuorikoski’s beautiful paintings from his exhibition “VENEZIA”


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A new set of mirror work now to be found via Gallery Hostler Burrows (New York / Los Angeles). Here you find them at the gallery’s page on ARTSY

They are all hand built clay fired in 1240c temperature, the material and glazing varies. they all have a hanging system behind that is designed so that you don’t need to touch the delicate art piece. Packed in specially designed plywood boxes with love and care. Everything is designed and hand made in Finland. These pieces can travel around the world safely and with right handling last for generations, just like our fragile nature.






Courtesy of Hostler Burrows, New York / photo Chikako Harada


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Proud to be curated among these master artisans. The Homo Faber Guide is now live, go and explore HERE!

”The Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship is an international non-profit organisation that celebrates and preserves master craftsmanship and strengthens its connection to the world of design. We want to help people rediscover the ability of the human hand to create, and support those doing it best: the exceptional contemporary European master artisans using long-held traditions, skills and knowledge to make beautiful objects of lasting value.”

Photos by Ilkka Kärkkäinen

MALJA & ASETTI for Lokal Kollektion

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Get yours here: MALJA / ASETTI

MALJA Cup / Veera Kulju

This simple and subtle porcelain cup, designed by Veera Kulju, is well suited to use for both cold and warm drinks. The shape and material makes alternative uses possible. The cup is high-fired and glazed, so as to make the washing of it effortless. Malja is designed by Veera Kulju exclusively for Lokal Kollektion. You can choose the cup with one alphabetical letter of your choice, or alternatively a plain version.

ASETTI Plate / Veera Kulju

This simple, versatile and elegant plate, designed by Veera Kulju, is ideal to use together with the matching MALJA cup. The plate is high-fired and glazed, so as to make the washing of it effortless. Malja is designed by Veera Kulju exclusively for Lokal Kollektion.

Designer: Veera Kulju
Manufacturer: JP Studiokeramiikka
Material: porcelain and glaze
Sizing approx: Ø 8,5 cm x h 10,5 cm / height of letter: 1 cm
Additional: The cup will get hot when filled with boiling water. Dishwasher safe.
Handmade in Lapinlahti, Finland

Photos: Katja Hagelstam / BW photos: Ilkka Kärkkäinen


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You can find the article behind this link: ADORNO EDITORIAL / VEERA KULJU

“Playing both within and against the history of craft, Kulju engages her audience with visually experiential pieces, continually pushing the boundaries of possibility in her chosen field. Here, she gives us insight into her connection to Finnish design, her personal approach to craft, and how experimentation is lead by her own curiosity.”

Picture by a dear friend and a photographer Ananya Tanttu

In the picture just love and my favourite things.


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Im  proud to be one of Gallery Halmetoja’s artists:

Gallery Halmetoja is a curated art gallery specializing mainly in Finnish Contemporary Art. The gallery operates in collaboration with artists of various disciplines. The gallery’s exhibitions present artworks of diverse media, such as paintings, sculptures, photography and media art. 

Gallery Halmetoja holds exhibitions commenting on the future direction of contemporary art. The gallery appreciates visual artists who want to portray the world candidly and genuinely.

Gallery Halmetoja observes the principles of equality and responsible consumerism in all of its operations.

photo: Viheltäjä / Whistler, 2019, hand built clay and glaze, size 48 x  40 cm

photo: Chikako Harada

Mirror series at Hostler Burrows

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My mirror series is now represented by HOSTLER BURROWS gallery

HOSTLER BURROWS is a New York Design Gallery founded in 1998 by Juliet Burrows and Kim Hostler.

Initially dedicated solely to Nordic design and decorative arts, the gallery has expanded its program and now integrates a full roster of contemporary artists, both established and emerging, with historical works. While international in scope, the gallery’s primary focus remains in Scandinavia and rooted in the tradition of studio ceramics, particularly work by female artists. 

The gallery is devoted to exhibiting work imbued with the qualities from which it has drawn inspiration since its beginnings – craftsmanship, intention, and integrity. Hostler Burrows’ unique vision and deep understanding of the sublime design which emerged from Scandinavia in the 20th Century carry over and inform the contemporary work which is brought to market with passion and a critical eye. 

Hostler Burrows’ carefully curated spaces, both in the gallery and at the world’s leading fairs, have placed them at the forefront of the design market and introduced an international clientele to a new generation of important artists whose works, while often cutting edge, maintain a strong continuity with the past.

Inquire here


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Hostler Burrows is now also open in Los Angeles. The inauqural group exhibition dives deep intoFOREST PRIMEVAL until March 21, 2020

“Since humankind’s earliest creative endeavors, the natural world — its expansive beauty and mystery — has been a constant source of inspiration for artistic expression. From the time of the 40,000-year-old Sulewesi cave drawings, humans have traced, recorded, and paid homage to their complex relationships with nature and the deeply personal and spiritual connections it fosters — the way it holds us in a much larger existential context. Many millennia on, we continue to draw from this seemingly infinite source even as we witness the ravages of global warming. This exhibition explores our dependence on nature, less for the tangible resources which have thus far sustained our physical beings, and more for the way it feeds our creative, philosophical and intellectual spirits.”

The exhibition includes works by: Jasmin Anoschkin, Richard Filipowski, Frida Fjellman, Gal Gaon, Donna Green, Babs Haenen, Grefmar Hederström, Sakari Kannosto, Veera Kulju, Torbjørn Kvasbø, Pekka Paikkari, Paul and Paul, Heini Riitahuhta, Kristina Riska, John Shea, Anat Shiftan, Kim Simonsson, Ohad Tsfati, and Eva Zethraeus.


photo Shade Degges


TEXT by Aino Frilander

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Täällä kaukana, toisella mantereella, metsä – oikea, pohjoinen metsä – tuntuu lähes abstraktilta käsitteeltä. Voiko sellaista ollakaan? Muistan silti niin hyvin, miltä metsä tuntuu. Sen, miten sydämen syke loivenee, rauha asettuu koko kehoon ja hymy pyrkii esiin kaulaliinan kätköistä. 

Kirjoituspöydän ääressä kellun mielikuvissa tummanvihreästä samettisesta sammalesta, latvojen läpi siilautuvasta auringonvalosta, linnunlaulusta ja puunrungoista, jotka ovat kaatuessaan vetäneet mukaansa kaiken ympärillään, mutta jotka silti tarjoavat istumapaikan jolta heilutella jalkojaan.


Metsä parantaa, katsoo perään.

“Itsestään huolen pitäminen ei ole itsensä hemmottelua vaan itsensä suojelua, mikä puolestaan on poliittinen sotatoimi”, kirjoitti runoilija, feministi ja aktivisti Audre Lorde kirjassaan A Burst of Light vuonna 1988.

Lordea siteeraa myös taiteilija Jenny Odell kirjassaan How To Do Nothing (2019). Odell kirjoittaa siitä, kuinka tärkeää meidän on voittaa takaisin itsellemme se aika ja tila, jonka sosiaalinen media ja muu häly yrittävät meiltä viedä. Ilman joutilasta aikaa ja tilaa meillä ei ole keinoja ajatella, pohdiskella kokemaamme tai pitää huolta itsestämme, yksilöinä tai yhteisöinä. Kyse on selviytymiskeinosta.

Metsä tarjoaa meille aikaa, tilaa, hiljaisuutta.


Ajattelen Long Litt Woonia, jonka kirjassa Minun sienipolkuni (2017) toivutaan syvästä surusta poimimalla sieniä. Täällä kaukana ja aavistuksen sydänsuruisena olen varma, ettei parempaa tapaa ole. En tosin usko, että Longin toipuminen johtui pelkästään sienestämisestä, vaan kaikesta siitä vihreästä, kosteasta ja tuoksuvasta, joka sieniä ympäröi.

Metsäretkiensä jälkeen Long sanoo uskovansa, että siellä missä on elämää, on sieniä – ja toivoa.

New York Timesin kriitikko kirjoittaa arviossaan, että Longin kyky kokea ihmeitä ja jopa onnea surunsa keskellä tuntuu samalta kuin näkisi pienenpieniä ruohonkorsia puskemassa tuhkan seasta maisemassa, jonka metsäpalo on riisunut paljaaksi.


Ajoin viime viikolla paikkaan, jossa Santa Monican vuoret laskevat Tyyneen valtamereen. Viime syksynä siellä raivosi raju metsäpalo. Rinteet olivat ilmiliekeissä; vain meri esti liekkejä leviämästä lännemmäs. 

Nyt maa oli vihreä. Heinät ja villikukat ulottuivat polveen saakka. Heinän seasta törrötti hiiltyneitä, mustia pensaanrunkoja, kuin metsäpalon kiemuraisiksi kutistaneita. Eräästä pikimustasta, krakeloituneesta puunrungosta versoi hentoisen vihreitä lehtiä. 

Kun metsä palaa, se uusiutuu. Liekit syövät kaiken vanhan ja antavat mahdollisuuden uudelle alulle. Kasvaa uusi metsä. Ensin palaavat heinät ja hontelot villikukat, sitten elämälle ahneet pensaat, lopulta puutkin. Metsä palaa.  

Los Angelesissa 20.8.2019

Aino Frilander

Fermentation pot for NORDKRAUT

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Ceramic fermentation pot hand made in Finland. Wide mouth of the pot makes handling of the cabbage and preparing sourkraut easy. Has a water lock. The lid also functions as a bowl. 

Hight 27,5 cm, diameter 21,5 cm.

Volume 6 l, which makes it possible to prepare 2,7 kg sourkraut.

Design Veera Kulju + Nordkraut

BUY HERE: Nordkraut webshop



photos Susanna Vento