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Veera Kulju

  • Ceramicist
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Master Artisan
Veera Kulju Ceramicist
Contact
Finnish, English, Swedish
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+358 456702660
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Communicating through ceramics

  • • Veera uses ancient materials and real popcorn
  • • She explores the balance between order and chaos
  • • She is inspired by human nature and nature

Veera Kulju loves fairy tales, myths and the imaginary. For her they are a gateway to cosmic perspectives, empathy and identity. Her work is an attempt to understand human nature. She has an MA in Applied Arts and Design, but becoming an artisan was an organic process. She learned practical skills growing up. When she needed woollen socks, the answer was to knit a pair. Her work brings together history and modernity, incorporating many mediums from clay to videos and everything in between, even popcorn. Her experimental style is a way of questioning and seeking new approaches both in material and in immaterial realms. Her curiosity has taken her to new places, between a feeling and a reason. The result is poetic objects , pieces of design and art.

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Works

  • © Chikako Harada
  • © Chikako Harada
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  • © Chikako Harada
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Photo: © Chikako Harada
Frost

This porcelain sculpture is handmade and is part of the Frost series. It is an example of Veera’s ongoing investigation into technique and forms that convey the idea of frozen movement.

Height 18 cm
Length 19 cm

Veera Kulju Ceramicist
Photo: © Chikako Harada
Underwood

The hand modelled Underwood ceramic sculpture was influenced by the deepest and darkest places in nature, where wild creatures and plants can live freely. Veera left her handprint onto the surface of the leaves to signify that humans and nature are deeply connected.

Height 15 cm
Length 28 cm

Veera Kulju Ceramicist
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Opening

This handcrafted porcelain mirror raises questions about the versatility and fragility of a human’s identity. It was created as a unique piece for the Hostler Burrows Gallery in New York.

Height 60 cm
Length 49 cm
Width 15 cm

Veera Kulju Ceramicist
Photo: © Chikako Harada
Queen of the Dessert

The Queen of the Dessert sculpture was handcrafted with vitro porcelain and popcorn to create an intricate texture composed of thousands of small variations. It is part of a series exploring the paradoxes of entertainment.

Height 25 cm
Length 53 cm
Width 24 cm

Veera Kulju Ceramicist
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Guardian

The hand modelled Guardian sculpture was influenced by the deepest and darkest places in nature, where wild creatures and plants can live freel. Veera left her hand print on the surface of the leaves to signify that humans and nature are deeply connected.

Height 80 cm
Length 40 cm

Veera Kulju Ceramicist

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