Two young glass artists from Finland Sini Majuri and Marja Hepo-aho will participate in the exposition and also perform many glass blowing demonstrations during the glass festival.
Sini uses 100-years old graal technique mixed with modern 3D-design in her works. Her sculptures are stories drowned under the glass surface. Marja uses glass together with natural stones and blows her forms directly on the stone - combining these two elements together. In Tubbergen our art is joined together and we also teach rare Scandinavian techniques to the visitors during the blowing demonstrations. Sini’s and Marja’s works have been exhibited in many international contemporary art and design exhibitions, for example in New York, London, Venice, Toronto and Leerdam.
Sini Majuri: Tales on glass-series shows fairytales that are captures under the glass. The logic of dreams and surrealism are the main inspirations for the works shown in Tubbergen. The stories are blown between layers of glass by using a century-old Swedish Graal technique that is mixed up with modern 3D-design. The multiple layered graal-works are created during a slow process that takes months. She gathers much of her inspiration from old Scandinavian fairytales and beliefs. Majuri works can be seen as both fairytales and cartoons. She lives and works in Helsinki.
Sini Majuri is a contemporary glass artist from Finland. Majuri’s works have been published in many international contemporary art magazines, such as: Urban Glass, USA; Glass Art Magazine, USA; and Designboom, Italy. She has received a number of awards, including: Taos Glass Art – Taos Art Glass Invitational, New Mexico, USA, 2014; A-Design Awards, Venice, 2016 and Hempel Awards China Fashion Week. Her works can be found in public collections, including: the Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki; University of Helsinki, Helsinki; DAFA, New Mexico. In 2016 Majuri represents Finland in European Glass Festival held in European Capital Of Culture 2016, Wroclaw. Majuri has participated in approximately 30 exhibitions in Finland, Canada, China, the Netherlands, and the USA, including: The Flying Boat, Galleria G12, Helsinki, 2016 – solo exhibitions; Taos Glass Expo 2015, New Mexico, USA.
Marja Hepo-aho’s self-designed and produced items combine traditional glass making and modern design. In her pieces of work she wants to push the limits of the art and functional glass, bring unique handcraft to everyday use. Hepo-aho focuses on glass blowing, but also uses many other techniques. For example cold working techniques - glass cutting, engraving and painting - characterise her glass. Lamp working technique is also in major role in small-scale production as well as unique works. Hepo-aho thinks it's important that the product is functional, long-lasting, handcraft - functional art.
Water is an important element in her works. Hepo-aho explores the moving water - River, the frozen water - Winterglass, small drops raining into water - Vihma and of course many other phenomenons of water and glass. In Tubbergen Hepo-aho shows her works that also combine stone and glass. The glass is blown onto and inside the natural rocks. The stones bring the soul into her glass and the glass highlights rought natural shapes of the material.
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