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Tarja Tuupanen

Tarja Tuupanen Jewellery maker
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Finnish, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+358 414324973
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Won over by stone

  • • Tarja makes jewellery using stone including recycled marble
  • • Getting to know a 'new' stone takes her time, sometimes years
  • • For her, tradition is a stepping stone to contemporary jewellery

Tarja Tuupanen has worked with stone for more than 20 years. For her, it is not just a material, but rather a starting point, something to discover and get to know. It was not love at first sight – quite the contrary. She even tried to avoid stone and preferred other materials like bone. However, stone finally won her over with its appearance, cultural references and values. Tarja studied jewellery and stone carving both in Finland and in Sweden – along with pedagogy, since she also teaches her profession. However, she considers education to have two sides to it: being skilled can take you to areas you couldn’t otherwise enter; but skills can also narrow one’s creative expression.

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Works

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Rolling Pin

This sculptural 1m long rolling pin was created with recycled marble from tableware, plastic and wood. It was conceived to honour cooking, a complex craft of everyday life.

Length 110 cm
Depth 6 cm

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Pearls

This sculptural necklace was created with marble tea light holders collected by Tarja over several years. The piece is six metres long when unfolded and contains her whole tea light holder collection.

Width 70 cm
Length 70 cm
Height 35 cm

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Brooch

This necklace was created with recycled marble from pepper mills that Tarja collected over time. The different marble parts were sliced and polished into thin pieces, then assembled together.

Length 9 cm
Width 8 cm
Depth 2 cm

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Necklace

This necklace was created with recycled marble from salt shakers that Tarja collected over time. The marble was sliced and polished into thin pieces, then assembled together.

Length 14 cm
Width 7 cm
Depth 3.5 cm

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Necklace

This necklace is part of a series called Ordinary Days. Its stone parts were made of recycled marble from pepper mills that Tarja collected over time. The marble was chosen and carved in such a way that it created a colour gradient from dark to light.

Length 20 cm
Width 14 cm
Depth 5 cm

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