I’m always trying to find new ways to use materials as a means for expressing emotions. In my work, popcorn is transformed from a popular snack food into a refined ornament. You enjoy it across the entire gamut of culture – from comedy to horror.
…also featured in Helsinki Design Weekly
Photo: Jefunne Gimpel
A unique textile that incorporates ceramic elements. The work, which was woven on a handloom in the Arabia Art Departmen Society’s visiting artist studio at the Iittala & Arabia Design Centre, investigates different ways to combine ceramics and woven fabric, in this case the sound and brittleness of ceramic materials.
concept and art piece: Veera Kulju
video and edit: Ananya Tanttu
performance and choreography: Satu Halttunen
clothing pattern: Anu Salonen
graphic design: Ilkka Kärkkäinen
Somewhere in the middle of the planned working process a forest started to appear. There it was, a new path. I shouldn’t feel surprised, after all I said Im going to the wintery forest to hang with Aslan. Feeling like this might be the looking glass into that kingdom.
Hand built porcelain, 2017 / photos: Ilkka Kärkkäinen
Hand built black clay, 2017 / photo: Jefunne Gimpel
Experiments on a new project: to integrate porcelain in to woven fabric and to create a garment that sounds.
I’we always been keen on juxtaposition and using material to emphasize it. I also love books and tales.
The first key that I made (2006) was a safety lock key to my Helsinki home. This simple ceramic key has been shown in some amazing places from Fashion week in Milan and Paris, as a part of Laitinen collection (2008) to a collaboration with Rebecca Clamp as a part of her beautiful album “Key to the City” (2011). It’s also been carried by my loved ones usually when they have left Helsinki to adventure the world.
The next key I made (2008) I found from a flea market in Paris. I believe it was the key to beauty, to rooms with slight cigarette smoke and Art Nouveau. The Paris keys I kept to myself…
The third key I made this summer, it doesn’t belong to any specific city. It’s a key to a closet door or maybe to an old gate. Id like to think it’s the key to Narnia or to the Secret Garden?
From left to right: Helsinki, Paris and Secret Garden / 2006-2016 / material: ceramics
Ukly Truth of the Learning Process (2015)
Sitting behind the potter’s wheel with practically no skills led me to humility. Freedom lied in understanding that I don’t need to know how to reach perfection. Happiness came from forming objects without criticism. The rational symmetrical turning of the wheel felt comfortable. The clay was like a firm but slack friend. After a while I learned that the way to succeed was to get centered. I also learned that things got a hole lot more interesting if the centering was a bit off. My truth is that you learn by doing without fear. The trick is to find your center and then learn how to bend it.
photo: Sanna Käsmä
THE ABSOLUT BEGINNER COLLECTION pt. II
Random turning wheel experiences during summer 2016
Series of Popcorn Bowls (2006 – 2014): a study of porcelain and experimental material use. I made the first Popcorn bowls while still studying. The ceramic studio at Arabia occasionally filled with the smell of popcorn as I used the common kitchen’s microwave to pop up my material. I heard afterwards from other students that they thought I had gone mad – making real popcorn transformed into porcelain.
photos: Chikako Harada
photos: Fabian Björk
Kulju ❤ Mander
Nowadays making decisions is tricky. There’s never enough time and things just seem to linger. The Decider is a candle holder, which introduces destiny to the game and will decide for you. Switch off the lights, light the candles and wait. The flickering flames slow down the pace. In the end, your answer is lit. “Yes” or “No”
photo: Paavo Martikainen