Spark Lokal


The skill of glassblowing has become endangered as the industrial revolution has turned into mass production. Now glassblowing is being proposed by Glass school of Nuutajärvi and Finnish Glass Museum to be added to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists by Finland, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy and Spain.

I have also been obsessively interested in glassblowing and perhaps even more obsessive in maintaining the wonderful tradition and generational knowledge that we have in the hotshops of Finland. Katja asked me to curate this exhibition on new Finnish glass with her and the amazing Lokal team. In recent years many new generation artists and designers have started working with glass with a new playful perspective. New Finnish glass is pushing the craft forward, it's all about unique pieces and it's very organic. As this exhibition is only a small sample of contemporary glass in Finland and this makes me confident that glassblowing will be a viable graft and the skilled glassblowers and artists will keep the fire going.

Thank you Katja Hagelstam for asking me to co-curate this exhibition. Big thanks also Lokal team Kati Ruohomäki, Hanni Koroma and Aleksi Martikainen.

A very special thank you also to wonder woman Paula Pääkkönen, she and her team have hand blown many of the pieces in this exhibition, including her own art. If you want to try working with glass, call her up 🔥

Hanna Anonen
Orcum Erdem
Anne Hirvonen
Leena Kangaskoski
Päivi Keskipomppu
Viivi Lehto
Toivo Molin
Henriikka Pahkala
Paula Pääkkönen
Aleksi Remsu


Annankatu 11

Spark 4.8.-4.9.2021

AD Italy 100 Game Changers

Jewellery in collaboration

with Sofia Järnefelt for her collection

Photography - Eeva Suutari
Models - Kirsi Pyrhonen, Stella Hagerstrand & Kersti Pohlak

Styling - Emilia Laitanen
Make up - Jenny Janssonmakeup
Hair - Sanni Sydhair

Metal working - Milla Vaahtera, Kirsi Kokkonen & Maaria Pihlajamaki

Glass work by Toivo Molin, Penna Tornberg & Milla Vaahtera

UU Market


UU Market's & Institut finlandais' first collaboration, exhibition Nouvelle Saison, will take a new form online. Repost from the institute:

Even though the world stays still, the seasons are shifting at Institut finlandais. We are happy to announce the exhibition, Nouvelle Saison, created in collaboration with UU Market. Due to the current situation, we cannot display the exhibition in our IF Gallery, as initially planned. However, with change comes a chance for something new, and we are excited to bring the exhibition to you remotely.

Hannakaisa Pekkala
Laura Itkonen
Kristofer Heikkinen
Laura Pehkonen
Ville Auvinen
Milla Vaahtera
Viivi Lehto
Paula Pääkkönen

Photo Hannakaisa Pekkala

Dialogi x
Gumbostrand Konst & Form


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01150 Söderkulla

Monday to Friday at 10–15

Open for private visits