Hundreds of oblongs and discs undulate over the ceramic sculptures of Marianne Huotari

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July 11, 2022

Grace Ebert

“Pineapplesakäämä.” Photo by Anna Autoo. All images © Marianne Huotari, shared with permission

Dating back to the Vikings, ryijy is a quintessentially Finnish textile tradition that produces thick, high-pile tapestries and rugs. The heavily patterned works, which have evolved from functional to decorative, are made by hand knotting wool and layering yarn in lush, textured patterns.

Drawing on her training in textile design, the Finnish artist Marianne Huotari translates this technique into ceramic, creating densely delicate reliefs that evoke the depth and dimension of the fiber. Huotari begins each work with a color palette and a surface, whether as a wall piece or a freestanding sculpture. She then rolls and pinches the clay into oblongs and small imprinted discs with her fingertips for added texture, each pierced to create a small hole for a piece of wire. Once glazed and fired, the individual components are sewn into undulating overlapping topographies of colors and undulating shapes. Huotari shares with Colossal:

The process is super slow but very meditative thanks to its repetitive nature. Throughout the process, I try to take control of the material by disassembling and reassembling the pieces, which is not very common when talking about ceramic art. This gives me the freedom to make changes at any time. The technique offers innumerable possibilities… In the near future, I will strive to develop sculptural expression and to seek the limits of dimensions.

The Helsinki-based artist was recently named a finalist for this year’s award Loewe Foundation Craftsmanship Awardwhich hosts an exhibition at the Seoul Museum of Art until July 31. She also has pieces on display until August 19 at Gallery HB381 in New York and until the end of August in Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Center in Denmark, where she will be a resident this fall. Watch the video below and go to instagram for an overview of Huotari’s process and browse the parts available in his shop. (Going through Design Journal)

“Tipy and dazzled by parties. Photo by Anna Autoo

“Garden of the Mandarins”. Photo by Jefunne Gimpel

Detail of the “Mandarin Garden”. Photo by Jefunne Gimpel

Detail from “Tipsy and Dazzled by Festives”. Photo by Anna Autoo

Left: “Moment in the shade”. Photo by Anna Autoo. Right: “The euphoria of Eden”. Photo by Anna Autoo

“Shallow”. Photo by Anna Autoo

“Wild as Lupin.” Photo by Hanna Kaketti

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