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Siina Levonoja

Siina Levonoja Ceramicist
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In tune with nature

  • • Siina's inspirations include underwater life and coral reefs
  • • Spending a year at LUCA School of Arts in Belgium was an important step
  • • She prepares her glazes from raw ingredients

Siina Levonoja was born in the countryside and grew up on a farm where she had daily contact with animals. In was inevitable that her work would often deal with nature, animals and the shared habitats of humans and other animals. Her interest in 'other beings' and her tendency to emphasise the non-human world also influenced her choice of studies, which began at Häme University of Applied Sciences. Experimenting with raw materials led her to develop her own glazes and techniques. Later on, her MA thesis at Aalto University discussed interspecies art and post-humanist human-animal theories. Theoretical studies have also nurtured her ceramic practice and artistic work, which usually consists of fired and coloured clay.

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Works

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Tuhkaturkki

This sculpture was named Tuhkaturkki, which means 'ash coat' in Finnish, in reference to its double-sided texture, since one side is bright and colourful while the other is coated with ash. Tuhkaturkki was the first wood-fired piece ever made by Siina and it was created in the anagama kiln of the Glass & Ceramics Center Kuu in Mallusjoki.

Height 30 cm

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Colony

This coral sculpture, crafted from stoneware, is an example of Siina's ongoing investigation into marine life forms. In biology, a colony is a community of animals or plants of one kind living close together or forming a physically connected structure, which is a common way of life among corals.

Height 15 cm
Length 35 cm
Width 35 cm

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Photo: © Siina Levonoja
Salaattikorallin Ja Merivuokon Uusperhe

This stoneware sculpture arose from Siina’s curiosity about underwater creatures and the way they live in a community. Pieces from her marine collection express both the artist’s objective observation of nature and her own fantasies.

Height 27 cm
Length 20 cm
Width 25 cm

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Photo: © Siina Levonoja
Kingdom: Animalia

Kingdom: Animalia is one of Siina’s earliest artworks on the theme of underwater life forms. It was fully handcrafted with stoneware and coated with engobe.

Height 40 cm

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Merikäärme Mahtavin

This stoneware and porcelain sculpture arose from Siina’s curiosity about underwater creatures and in particular from her fascination for sea snakes. Pieces from her marine collection express both the artist’s objective observation of nature and her own fantasies.

Height 15 cm
Length 59 cm
Width 35.5 cm

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