Education

  • 1984 Cabinetmaker, Handicrafts and Industrial Arts School, Joensuu (1981–84)
  • 1991 MA Industrial Designer, University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH. (1984–91). Studies at Dept. of Ceramic and Glass Design.
  • 1992–1997 Post graduate studies. University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH, Dept. of Ceramic and Glass Design.
  • Glass courses: 2005 Klaus Moje, North Lands Creative Glass, Scotland; 1991 James Watkins, Pilchuck Glass School, WA, U.S.A.; 1990 Paul Stankard, Pilchuck Glass School; 1989 Diana Hobson, Sheridan College, Toronto Canada.

Professional glass experience

  • Since 1991 Glass artist, focus on kiln techniques: pâte de verre, fusing, slumping
  • 2000 Together with L. Ikävalko and A. Schroderus: Finnish co-ordinator for the Nordic Glass 2000 exhibition, arranging "Glass Get-togethers" for glass artists (-01, -03), exhibition architect 2001 (The Finnish Glass Museum)
  • 1998 1st International GlassWorkshop for Women, artistic director, teacher, Häme Polytechnic/Wetterhoff School of Crafts and Design.
  • 1990– Glass instructor, short courses:
  • Since 2001 Design Professional (self-employed): graphic, exhibition and web design (graphic design, production and maintenance of websites, multimedia) etc.
  • Positions

  • 1991–1997 Researcher, project designer, planner over several periods. Dept. of Ceramic and Glass Design, UIAH
  • 1998–2001 Helsingin Sanomat (main newspaper in Finland) Internet Edition, graphic designer (layouts, html, illustrations, multimedia)
  • 2004–2012 Exhibition secretary, Researcher (substitute) over several periods, The Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki (exhibition architecture and design, graphic design, etc.)

 

Selected recent projects

  • 2015 Voimalla liikkeelle. Exhibition design. The Maritime Museum of Finland / the National Board of Antiquities, Kotka.
  • 2015 Finnish glass lives 7. Exhibition cataloque, graphic design, The Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki
  • 2014 Bulevardi 9 Bulevarden 1915–2015. Fredr. Edv. Ekberg & As Oy Bulevardi 9 Bostads Ab. Graphic design (book).
  • 2014 Kennelliitto 125 vuotta. The Finnish Hunting Museum / Kennelliitto. Multimedia etc.
  • 2014 Suomalaisen lasin vuosikirja 2014. SLMY ry. Graphic design (book).
  • 2013 Kontiolahti – kirkon kylä. Kontiolahti-Seura ry. Graphic design (book).
  • 2013 Adolf Bock – Merimaalari. Exhibition design. The Maritime Museum of Finland, Kotka.

Solo and private exhibitions (Selected)

  • 2015 Olomuotoja – Skepnader. Johanna Suonpää ja Päivi Kekäläinen. Textile and glass. O galleria, Helsinki
  • 2011 Olennaisia – Essential. Ceramic and glass art. Päivi Kekäläinen & Riitta Talonpoika, Galleria Johan S., Helsinki, Finland
  • 2004 Diffused light III. Liisa Ikävalko, Päivi Kekäläinen, Esko Kurvinen, Riikka Latva-Somppi, Anna Schroderus. Tarbekunstimuuseum, Tallin, Estonia
  • 2003 Diffused light II. Ikävalko, Kekäläinen, Kurvinen, Latva-Somppi, Schroderus. Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki
  • 2002 Diffused light – New Finnish Glass. Ikävalko, Kekäläinen, Kurvinen, Latva-Somppi, Schroderus. Järvenpää Hall, Järvenpää, Finland
  • 1997 Riite. Näyttelyhuone Klobben, Helsinki
  • 1995 Glas i pâte de verre. Arioso, Stockholm, Sweden

Selected exhibitions

  • 2015 Finnish glass lives 7. The Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki
  • 2014 Artist of O Galleria group exhibition. O galleria, Helsinki
  • 2014 2D →. Vilna ja Jurbarkas, Liettua; Pӓrnu, Viro; Riika, Latvia.
  • 2011–2015 Finnish Glass Art 2005–2010, touring international exhibition by the Finnish Glass Museum
  • 2006–2009 New Finnish Glass Art / L’art du verre finlandais 2000–2005. France, Poland, Netherlands, Turkey, Latvia. Germany, Slovakia.
  • 2005 Particle Theories: International Pate de Verre and Other Cast Glass Granulations. Museum of American Glass, Wheaton Village, NJ, U.S.A.
  • 2004–05 Oblåst. (fused glass, focus on pâte de verre) Västergötlands Museum, Skara; Smålands Museum, Växjö; Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden; Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland.

Art fairs, art sales

  • PYHÄNIEMI 2013 sales exhibition, Pyhäniemi Manor, Hollola, Finland
  • 2017, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 Ornamo Art Exhibition and Sale, Ornamo, Association of Finnish Designers, Helsinki
  • EUNIQUE – arts&crafts 2012 International Trade Fair for Applied Arts & Design. Karlsruhe Trade Fair Center, Karlsruhe, Germany.
  • 2011 ArtHelsinki, Helsinki Contemporary Art Fair with O-Galleria

Grants (selection)

  • 2002 MindTrek Tampere: Honorary Mention for Helsingin Sanomat Internet Edition's "webortage", Ghosts in the House [http://www2.helsinginsanomat.fi/­english/webortage/ghost/­kummitus.html]. Own input was design and flash-animation.
  • 1992 Preis der Talentbörse Handwerk 1992. München, Germany
  • 2005 Alfred Kordelin Foundation
  • 2004 National Council for Design
  • 2001 Cultural Fund for Finland and Norway

Work in Collections

  • The State Art Collection of Finland; Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland; University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland; Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark; Handelsbankens Konstförening, Sweden; Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden; Private collections in Finland, Sweden, Germany and England.