Hundreds of rectangles and discs wind their way across Marianne Huotari’s ceramic sculptures


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July 11, 2022

Grace Ebert

“Ananasakäämä.” Photo by Anna Autio. All images © Marianne Huotari, shared with permission

Dating back to the Vikings, Ryijy is a distinctly Finnish textile tradition, producing thick, shaggy tapestries and rugs. Transforming from functional to decorative, the heavily patterned works are crafted by hand-knotting wool and layering the yarn into lush, textured motifs.

Drawing on her background in textile design, Finnish artist Marianne Huotari translates this technique into ceramics, creating dense, delicate reliefs that evoke the depth and dimension of fibers. Huotari begins each work with a color palette and surface, whether in the form of a wall-based piece or a free-standing sculpture. She then rolls and pinches clay into oblong and small discs, embossing them with her fingertips for added texture, and piercing each to create a small hole for a piece of metal thread. After glazing and firing, the individual components are stitched together into undulating topographies, lavishly overlaid with color 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 in ceramic art. This gives me the freedom to make changes on the go. The technique offers countless possibilities… In the near future I will focus on developing the sculptural expression and searching for the limits of dimensions.

The Helsinki-based artist was recently named a finalist for this year’s Loewe Foundation Craft Prize, which is hosting an exhibition at the Seoul Museum of Art through July 31. She also has works on view at the HB381 Gallery in New York until August 19 and at the New York gallery in late August at the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark, where she will reside this fall. Watch the video below and head to Instagram for a glimpse of Huotari’s process and browse available pieces at Officine Saffi. (via Journal du Design)

“Tipped and blinded by parties.” Photo by Anna Autio

“Tangerine Garden.” Photo by Jefunne Gimpel

Detail from “Tangerine Garden”. Photo by Jefunne Gimpel

Excerpt from Tipsy and Blinded by Celebrations. Photo by Anna Auto

Left: “Moment in the shadow”. Photo by Anna Auto. Right: “Eden’s Euphoria.” Photo by Anna Autio

“Shoals.” Photo by Anna Autio

“Wild as lupine.” Photo by Hanna Kaketti

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