Reflections on art

For me human presence is the starting point of art. Clay is a flexible material for expression and as such contains the history of time. As an artist I construct a neverending story. Despite the physical appearance of the art work, whether it is placed on the façade of a building or is an installation consisting of several pieces, the dialogue between the viewer and the work defines its final form.

Curriculum Vitae

Pekka Paikkari
Born 6.9.1960 Somero, Finland

Studies

1977-78 Orivesi institute, Finland
1978-83 Design Academy, Kuopio, Finland
2000-03 Cultural Production and Management Degree, Humanities Polytechnic, Turku, Finland

Career

1983 Assistant, Arabia Ceramic Factory
1985- Artist/Designer, Iittala, Arabia Ceramic Factory
2001-04 Teaching, UIAH, University of Art & Design, Helsinki, Ceramic & Glass dep.

Memberships

Association of Finnish Sculptors
IAC, International Academy of Ceramics
Artists of Sipoo

Solo Exhibitions

1985 Varjostuksia, Arabia-Nuutajärvi Shop, Helsinki, Finland
1988 Ceramics, Gallery Bronda, Helsinki, Finland
1989 Gallery Pinotheca, Jyväskylä, Finland
1992 Ceramics, Kluuvi Gallery, Helsinki, Finland (together with Mr. Sang-Ho Jeon)
1992 Karborundum, Arabia Museum, Helsinki, Finland
1994 Gallery Bremer, Karkkila, Finland (together with Mr. Jukka Vikberg)
1995 Light & Shadow, ceramic sculptures, Arabia Museum, Helsinki, Finland
1995 Light & Shadow, ceramic design, Design Forum, Helsinki, Finland
1999 Bottles, Ceramic Sculptures, Nordiska Kristall, Stockholm, Sweden
1999 Brick Makers House, Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland
2001 Brick Makers House, Hå Gamle Prestegård, Stavanger, Norway
2001 Keramikk, Kunstnersenter, Stavanger, Norway
2001 Monumentalles und Serielles, Hetjens Museum, Dusseldorf, Germany
2002 Konturen in Zeit und Raum, Rastatt, Germany (together with Mrs. Kaarina Kaikkonen)
2003 The Stage, Ceramic Sculptures, Lume-centre, Helsinki, Finland
2004 I remember, Sculptures, Arabia Ceramic Factory Museum, Helsinki, Finland
2004 Cataracta, Aralis Library Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2005 Lost Dialogue, Artborg 35, Sipoo, Finland
2006 The Neverending, ArsNova&AboaVetus, Museum of Contemporary Art, Turku, Finland
2007 Attempting to go over the Mountains, Gallery Katariina, Helsinki, Finland
2008 Points of Fracture, Gallery Be19, Helsinki, Finland
2015 ArtTag Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2015 Lost and Found, Gallery Sculptor, Helsinki, Finland

Group Exhibitions

1983, -84, -85, -87, -89, -91, -93 -98 Finnish Design, Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland
1987 -88 Triennale, Zeitgenössisches deutsches und finnisches Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt and Hannover, Germany, Helsinki, Finland
1987 Exhibition of young artists, Art Hall, Helsinki, Finland
1988 Jugend Gestaltet Munich, Germany
1988 11th International Biennal of Ceramic arts, Vallauris, France
1989-90 Actualite de la Ceramique Europeenne, France
1989-90 Scandinavian Ceramics and Glass, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
1990 East meets North, Posio, Finland
1990 IRIS- Ceramic exhibition, Porvoo, Finland
1990 Arabia Pro Arte collection and exhibition Helsinki, Finland
1990 International biennal of ceramics Faenza, Italy
1991 International Triennale of ceramics, Sopot, Poland
1991 KerTa, Lappeenranta Art Museum, Kuopio art Museum, Finland
1991 Group Six, Park Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1992 Gallery Bremer, Karkkila, Finland
1992 Group Six, Båstad, Sweden
1992 Finlandida, Stocholm, Sweden, Helsinki Finland
1993 Group Six, Gallery Maronie, Kioto, Japan
1993 Group Six, Gallery SAM, Seoul, Korea
1993 Group Six, Tiilityksiä, Design Forum Finland, Helsinki, Finland
1993 Ceramics, Pohjola-Gallery, Helsinki, Finland (With Kati Tuominen-Niittylä)
1993 Materia, Art hall, Helsinki, Finland
1993 BOX, Design Forum, Helsinki, Finland
1993 K-93, Lappeenranta Art Museum, Finland
1993 International Biennale of Ceramics, Faenza, Italy
1993 Biennal of small Ceramics, Zagbrek
1993 Group Six, Ceramics, Caracas, Venezuela
1994 Ceramica Finlandesa, Cidem, Barcelona, Spain
1994 Gallery Uta Goppelsröder, Bretten, Germany
1994 Center of culture Palatin, Wiesloch, Germany
1995 Junge kunstzene Finnland, Hetjens Museum, Dusseldorf, Landesgewerbeamt, Karlsruhe, Germany
1995 Tammisaari Art Museum, Finland
1996 Ceramics, Voipaala Art Centre, Finland
1996 Arabia Pro Arte Collection, Helsinki, Tampere, Finland
1996 Ett Keramisk Univers, Silkeborg, Denmark
1996 Luovat kädet, Art Museum, Kerava, Finland
1997 International Biennale of Ceramics, Faenza, Italy
1997 Ceramic exhibition, Manises, Spain
1998 Kalmar 600 years, Outdoor workshop & exhibition, Sweden
1998 Quatre ceramistes finlandesos, Ceramic Museum, Barcelona, Spain
1998 Shigaraki Ceramic Museum, Japan
1998 Savesta syntynyt, exhibition of contemporary ceramics, Fiskars, Finland
1998 Finnish Design 10 – The Turn of the Millennium, Design Forum Finland, Helsinki, Finland
1998 Nature as Object, Craft and Design triennale, Perth, Western Australia
1998 Light and Shadow, Special exhibition, Mino ceramic triennale, Tajimi, Japan
1998 Mino Ceramic Competition, Tajimi, Japan
1999 Arabia 125 years, Ambiente 1999, Frankfurt, Germany
1999 The Nordic Transparency, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1999 International ceramic biennale, Manises, Spain
2000 Arabia Artists at Retretti, Retretti Art Centre, Punkaharju, Finland
2000 Six Ceramists from Finland, Höganäs Museum, Sweden
2000 Nordic Ceramics, Assens, Danmark
2000 Suomen lasi elää 4, Finnish glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland
2000 ArtSibbe, Sipoo, Finland
2000 Uusinta / Paper Art Gallery 10 years, Kuusankoski, Finland
2001 Biennale de Ceramique contemporaire de Chateauroux, France
2001 WOCEK, International Ceramic Design Exhibition (ICD), Korea
2001 IAC, member exhibition, Korea
2001 Metallit 2001, Fiskars, Finland
2001 Six ceramists from Finland, Gallery Mokkumto, Seoul, Korea
2002 National Museum of Decorative Arts, Trondheim, Norway
2002 Alumni, Art Museum, Kuopio, Finland
2002 FinnDesign now, Design Forum, Helsinki
2002 Pro Arabia Art Finland, Arabia Museum, Helsinki, Finland
2002 IAC, members exhibition, Greece
2003 Pro Arabia Art Finland, Form and Design Center, Malmö, Sweden
2003 Finchin perilliset, Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland
2003 Retro, Fiskars, Finland
2003 The shape between continuity and innovation, Faenza, Italy
2003 Keramiek, Kunsthuis Ingrith Desmet, Belgium
2003 Pisaroita, Karkkila, Finland
2003 Sculptural thoughts, Finnish-Norway Culture Institute, Oslo, Norway (OICS2003)
2003 HEHKU, Kankaanpää, Finland, Outdoor Fire Sculpture Project
2003 ArtSibbe, Sipoo, Finland
2004 Ceramics 2004, Fiskars, Finland
2004 Street Gallery 2004, Huittinen, Finland
2004 In Praise of Silence, Lappeenranta Art Museum, Finland
2005 The Arabia Ceramic Factorys Artist`s, The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan
2005 Strata: New Perspectives on Ceramics from Scandinavia and The United States, Skulpturens hus, Sweden
2005 ArtSibbe, Sipoo, Finland
2005 Ronnebaeksholm Kunst- og Kulturcenter, Naestved, Danmark
2006 Six Rooms, Art Factory, Porvoo, Finland
2006 European Ceramic Context, Bornholm, Danmark
2006 ClayInDusTry, Guldagergaar, Danmark
2006 Places of Arrival and Departure, The Regional Exhibition of Greater Helsinki, Finland
2006 SET, ForumBox, Helsinki, Finland
2007 27th International Ceramic Exhibition of l’Alcora, Spain
2007 Summer Exhibition, Galerie Besson, London, England
2007 International Ceramic Biennale, Manises, Spain
2008 Jeespoks, ProPuu Gallery, Lahti, Finland
2008 Everyday Life, Gallery Norsu, Helsinki, Finland
2008 Tulessa syntynyt, Fiskars, Finland
2008 Keramiikan kevät, Galerie Oljemark, Helsinki, Finland
2008 Rantagalleria, Lahti, Finland
2008 Everyday Life, Gallery Artisin, Jyväskylä, Finland
2008 Arabia 135, Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland
2008 OTTO, Vantaa Art Museum, Finland
2009 Art by Design, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
2009 Arabia 135, Jyväskylä, Finland
2009 Arabia Art Department, Grimmerhus Ceramic Museum, Danmark
2009 Summer Exhibition, Villa Roosa, Orimattila, Finland
2009 Hard Rocks, Sculptures in South Harbour, Helsinki, Finland
2009 Ceramics from Finland, Galerie Besson, England
2009 Marl Hole, Airspace Gallery, Staffordshire, England
2010 Fire&Ice, Gallery Marianne Heller, Germany
2010 Fire&Ice, Ceramic Museum,Westerwald, Germany
2011 Finland in Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Korea
2012 Arabia Art Department, Design Museum, Arabia, Finland
2012 Puusoi!, ProPuu gallery, Lahti
2012 VALEUR REFUGE, Foundation Bernardaud, Limoges, France
2012 Metamofose, Lahti Art Museum, Finland
2012 Helsinki Fat Clay, Faenza Ceramic Museum, Italy
2012 Helsinki Fat Clay, Officiale Saffi Gallery, Milan, Italy
2013 Pihatontut joulutorilla, Design Museum, Arabia, Finland
2013 Kattaillen, Design Forum, Helsinki, Finland
2013 VALEUR REFUGE, Sevres Ceramic Museum, France
2013 International Biennale of Ceramics, Faenza, Italy
2013 Juhlat, Nuutajärvi
2013 Gumbostrand, Summer exhibition, Sipoo
2013 International Ceramic Biennale, Manises, Spain
2014 Helsinki Fat Clay, Gallery Arabia, Designmuseum, Helsinki, Finland
2014 Helsinki Fat Clay, Gallery Marianne Heller Heidelberg, Germany
2014 Keramiikan tila, Designmuseum, Helsinki, Finland
2014 Rajapinnat, Kuparipaja, Fiskars, Finland
2015 Suomen lasi elää, Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland
2015 9SEASONS, Embassy of Finland, Washington D.C

Selected Art Fairs

2007 SOFA, Chicago, Galerie Besson
2008 Palm Peach, Florida, Galerie Besson
2008 Collect, London, Gallery Norsu
2008, 09 ArtHelsinki2008, Helsinki
2009 SOFA, Chicago, Gallery Norsu
2010,11,12 ArtHelsinki, Helsinki

Works at Museums and collections

The British Museum, London, England
Victoria&Albert Museum, London, England
Faenza Museum of Ceramics, Italy
Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan
Ceramic Museum, Barcelona, Spain
Höganäs Ceramic Museum, Sweden
Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Ceramic Museum, Japan
Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland
Arabia Ceramic Museum, Helsinki, Finland
Joensuu Art Museum, Finland
Tammisaari Art Museum, Tammisaari, Finland
Pohjola Insurance Comp. Art-collection, Helsinki, Finland
IRIS-Collection, City of Porvoo, Finland
Handelsbanken, Sweden
City of Leppävirta, Finland
City of Karkkila, Finland
Ceramic Museum l’Alcora, Spain
Ceramic Museum, Manises, Spain
Art Collections of Finnish State, Wäinö Aaltosen museo, Turku

Public Sculptures

1998 Molds, Leppävirta, Finland
2003 The Kiln, Kankaanpää, Finland
2005 Gekko, Helsinki / Kamppi bus terminal (Tuominen-Niittylä, Riska, Paikkari)
2005 Fragments, the School of Sakarinmäki, Helsinki, Finland
2006 CATARACTA, Facade of the Senior House, Helsinki, Finland (Architect: Kirsti Siven)
2009 Pienet purot suuret joet, Sipoo, Finland
2010-16 Turvapaikka, Sipoo, Finland
2011 IGLU, Turku, Finland
2013 Joet,(Rivers) Penttilänranta, Joensuu
2014 Layes of the History, Lampa house, Helsinki
2015 Rantakivet, (Stones and Currents), Penttilänranta, Joensuu
2017 Jokihelmi (Pearls and Cracks), Penttilänranta, Joensuu

Awards and recognitions

1989 III-Prize on Art Competition of Helsinki House of justice
1993 International Biennial of Ceramics, Faenza, Italy, (Fondatzione Cassa di Risparmio di Ravenna)
2007 L’Alcalatén prize in the 27th International Competition of l’Alcora, Spain
2007 I-Prize (Ex-Aeguo), International Ceramic Biennale, Manises, Spain
2008 Honourable mention / Art Competition for the Hospital of Porvoo, Finland (Together with Sirkka Paikkari)
2009 I-Prize, Environmental Art Competition, Sipoo, Finland (Together with Mari Paikkari)

Grants

1991 1-year Grant by the Finnish State
1992 Grant by the Finnish State (for publication, “Karborundum”)
1993 Grant from G&W Lehtinen Foundation
1997 Invite Artist, the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan
1997 Grant, Ornamo, Finland
1997 Grant for exhibition, Finnish State
1998 1-year grant by the Finnish State
1999 Grant, Finnish Culture Foundation
2000 Grant for kiln-project by Finnish state
2001 Grant, Finnish-Norway Foundation
2001 Grant, Frame
2001 Grant, Finnish Cultural Foundation
2002 Grand by Finnish State
2003 Grant for exhibition Näyttämö by Finnish state
2005 Invite Artist, International Ceramic Centre, Guldagergaard, Danmark
2004-06 3-year grant by Finnish Culture Foundation
2007 Invite Artist, Shui-Li Snake kiln, Large Scale Ceramic Sculpture Workshop, Taiwan
2007-09 3-year grant by the Finnish State
2014-18 5-year grant by the Finnish State

Positions of Trust

2008-2015 Ornamo Foundation, President of Board
2007-10, 2016-17 Ornamo, Member of Board
2007-10 Ornamo, Art, Member of Board
2015-16 Art Council South Finland
2015-16, 17-18 Taike, Art Council

Selected Publications

Zeitgenössisches deutsches und finnisches Kunsthandwerk, 1987
ISBN 3 88270 034 3

Susan Peterson, Contemporary Ceramics, 2000
ISBN 1 85669 188 8

Mark Del Vecchio, Postmodern Ceramics, 2001
ISBN 0 500 23787 5

IAC/2002 Hellas, 2002
50th anniversary members` show

Exhibition catalog , Pekka Paikkari, 2001, Hetjens Museum, Duseldorf
ISBN 3 9804529 4 8

Exhibition catalog, Kadotettu dialogi, Lost Dialogue 2005

Exhibition catalog, Suuri keskeneräinen, The Never-ending, 2006

Nouvel Object IV, 1999
ISBN 89 7041 359 6

International Ceramic Design, 2001

World Ceramic Exposition, Seoul, Korea

World Famous Artists`s Studios, Volume of The Europe (3)
Bai Ming, Hebei Arts Publishing House
ISBN 7 5310 2352 0

Ceramics in the Environment

Janet Mansfield, A&C Black Publishers, UK
ISBN 9780713668513

Selected Articles

Domus, no. 810/1998

Form Function, no. 72/4/1995, between the earth and sky, Conversation with Pekka Paikkari and Maija Lavonen

Kerameiki techni, no. 29/1998, no. 38/2001

Neue Keramik, no. 1/2002

Kunsthåntverk no. 4/2001

Revista Ceramica no. 34, 43, 48, 49, 64

The World&I no. 4/2003, Functional Completenes, The art of Pekka Paikkari

Form Function, no. 94/2/2004, Pekka Paikkari – I remember

Ceramics Art & Perception no. 56/2004, Shapes in time & Space

Taide / Art Magazine no. 4/2004, Suuri keskeneräinen tarina

Spaces, Finnish & International Interiors, no 4/2005, Julkinen taide ja arkkitehtuuri lyövät kättä

Kunsthandverk, no1/07, Pekka Paikkari, Article by Love Jönsson