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Päivi Rintaniemi

Päivi Rintaniemi Ceramicist
Contact
Finnish, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+358 505500505
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Born a craftswoman

  • • In 2013, Päivi won the prestigious Premio Faenza in Italy
  • • She makes both functional everyday objects and unique sculptures
  • • She considers ceramics to be a lifelong journey

Asking Päivi Rintaniemi the reasons behind her choice of career is to ask the wrong question. It was the other way around – the craft picked her. Becoming a sculptor and designer just felt self-evident and natural from childhood. The fact that her parents liked to build things with their hands certainly had an influence. Päivi acquired her own kiln as a student in the 1980s. Since then, her work has always had two sides, each complementing the other: functional objects for daily use under her design brand Amfora, as well as unique sculptures. The same applies to her working methods; traditional handicraft skills and industrial inventions exist in harmony.

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Works

  • © Sofia Rintaniemi
  • © Sofia Rintaniemi
  • © Sofia Rintaniemi
  • © Sofia Rintaniemi
  • © Päivi Rintaniemi
Photo: © Sofia Rintaniemi
Ara

Ara is part of a series of stoneware sculptures of abstract and stylised forms and milky, smooth surfaces. The collection is an ongoing investigation into the versatility of clay and the technical and complicated nature of the making process. Each piece was individually wheel thrown, hand shaped and fired at 1,250°C.

Height 38 cm
Width 87 cm
Depth 72 cm

Päivi Rintaniemi Ceramicist
Photo: © Sofia Rintaniemi
Domus

Domus is part of a series of stoneware sculptures of abstract and stylised forms and milky, smooth surfaces. The collection is an ongoing investigation into the versatility of clay and the technical and complicated nature of the making process. Each piece was individually wheel thrown, hand shaped and fired at 1,250°C.

Height 53 cm
Width 65 cm
Depth 53 cm

Päivi Rintaniemi Ceramicist
Photo: © Sofia Rintaniemi
Flamma

Flamma is part of a series of stoneware sculptures of abstract and stylised forms and milky, smooth surfaces. The collection is an ongoing investigation into the versatility of clay and the technical and complicated nature of the making process. Each piece was individually wheel thrown, hand shaped and fired at 1,250°C.

Height 95 cm
Width 34 cm
Depth 72 cm

Päivi Rintaniemi Ceramicist
Photo: © Sofia Rintaniemi
Ortus

Ortus is part of a series of stoneware sculptures of abstract and stylised forms and milky, smooth surfaces. The collection is an ongoing investigation into the versatility of clay and the technical and complicated nature of the making process. Each piece was individually wheel thrown, hand shaped and fired at 1,250°C.

Height 62 cm
Width 30 cm
Depth 27 cm

Päivi Rintaniemi Ceramicist
Photo: © Päivi Rintaniemi
Rondo

The Rondo vases, crafted from vitro-porcelain, were wheel thrown and fired at 1,260°C in order to achieve a black, opaque finish. They were conceived as objects that can move but always return to their natural centre of balance.

Diameter 24 cm
Diameter 17 cm

Päivi Rintaniemi Ceramicist

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