About

Päivi Kekäläinen

Born 1961 Kontiolahti, Finland.
An artist and a graphic designer. Her work has been exhibited both in Finland and internationally. Lives and works in Helsinki.

Education

  • 1992–1997 Post graduate studies. University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland.
  • 1984–1991 University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland. 1991 MA, Dept. of Industrial Design; minor studies at Dept. of Ceramic and Glass Design
  • 1981–1984 Handicrafts and Industrial Arts School, Joensuu, Finland; Cabinetmaker
Glass courses / education
  • 2005 Aug Bullseye Masterclass on kilnforming / Klaus Moje, North Lands Creative Glass, Scotland.
  • 1991 May Pâte de verre and glass fusing / James Watkins. Pilchuck Glass School, WA, USA.
  • 1990 Jul Lampworking / Paul Stankard. Pilchuck Glass School, WA, USA.
  • 1989 Apr Pâte de verre / Diana Hobson. Sheridan College, Toronto, Canada.

Professional experience

  • Since 2001 Self-Employed Design Professional: graphic, exhibition and web design (graphic design, production and maintenance of websites, multimedia) etc.
  • Since 1991 Glass artist, focus on kiln techniques: pâte de verre, fusing, slumping
  • Since 1989 Glass instructor, short courses

Works at museums and collections

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

Selected solo and private exhibitions

Solo
  • 1997 Riite. Näyttelyhuone Klobben, Helsinki, Finland
  • 1995 Glas i pâte de verre. Arioso, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1992 MA graduate work, pâte de verre, Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland
  • 1989 Syvissä Vesissä. Kontiolahti, Finland
Private
  • 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
  • 2002, 2003, 2004Hajavaloa / Hajutatud Valgus / Diffused light I–III. Liisa Ikävalko, Päivi Kekäläinen, Esko Kurvinen, Riikka Latva-Somppi, Anna Schroderus.
    Design Museum, Tallinn, Estonia 2004. Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland 2003. Järvenpää Hall, Järvenpää, Finland 1002.
  • 1994 Suhteellista. Päivi Kekäläinen, Mirja Niemelä, Raino Ranta and Riitta Talonpoika. INTO-gallery, Helsinki

Selected exhibitions since 2000

  • 2015 Suomen lasi elää 7 Finnish glass lives. Suomen lasimuseo, Riihimäki.
  • 2014 2D →. Vilna ja Jurbarkas, Lithuania; Pӓrnu, Estonia; Riika, Latvia.
  • 2011–15 Finnish Glass Art, touring international exhibition by the Finnish Glass Museum.
  • 2006–09 New Finnish Glass Art / L’art du verre finlandais 2000–2005. Conseil Général de Meurthe et Moselle, Nancy, France; Musée du verre Carmaux, France; Muzeum Naradowe we Wroclaw, Poland; Stichting Nationaal Glasmuseum Leerdam, Netherlands; Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art Istanbul, Turkey; Museum of Decorative Art and Design, Riga, Latvia; Banska Bystrica, Slovakia,Kosice, 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.
  • 2001–03 Faszination Glas – Tendenzen in der finnischen Glaskunst. Germany
  • 2001–03 Finlandia – Vanguardia en Vidrio. Spain, Portugal, Mexico.
  • 2001 Tallinn Applied Art Triennal. Tallin Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia.
  • 2001 Finnish Glass. Fundacion centre nacional del vidrio, La Granja, Espanja.
  • 2000–02 Nordic Glass 2000. Den Nordatlantiske Brygge, Copenhagen, Denmark; Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland; Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia; The Museum of Applied-Decorative Art, Riga, Latvia; M.K. Ciurlionis Art Museum, Kaunas, Lithuania; Fossekleiva Brukssentter, Bergen in Svelnik County, Norway.

Selected Grants, awards, recognitions

Grants
  • 2005 Alfred Kordelin Foundation
  • 2004 National Council for Design
  • 2000 The Finnish Cultural Foundation
  • 1998 National Council for Crafts and Design
  • 1998 The Finnish Konkordia-union
  • 1996 Helsinki City Art Stipendium
  • 1996 Alfred Kordelin Foundation
  • 1991 Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA, USA
  • 1990 Full Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA, USA
Awards and recognitions
  • 2002 MindTrek Tampere: Honorary Mention for Helsingin Sanomat Internet Edition's "webortage", Ghosts in the House. Group work (own input: graphic design and flash-animation).
  • 1992 Preis der Talentbörse Handwerk 1992. München, Germany.

Selected publications and articles

Publications
  • EUNIQUE – International Fair for Applied Arts & Design. Karlsruhe Trade Fair Center, Karlsruhe, Saksa 4.–6.5. 2012. p. 83, ill.
  • Lauren, Uta (ed.). Finnish Glass Art 2005–2010. The Finnish glass museum, Riihimäki 2011.
  • Koivisto, Kaisa (ed.). Suomen lasi elää 6 – Finnish Glass Lives 6. The Finnish glass museum. Riihimäki 2010.
  • Matiskainen, Heikki, Koivisto, Kaisa, Viilomaa, Hannele. Finnish Glass Art 2000–2005. The Finnish glass museum, Riihimäki 2006.
  • Viilomaa, Hannele – Koivisto, Kaisa (ed.) Suomen lasi elää 5 – Finnish Glass lives 5. The Finnish glass museum, 
Riihimäki 2005.
  • Frantz, Susanne K., Olivié, Jean-Luc.
 
Particle theories. International Pâte de Verre and Other Cast Glass Granulations. Museum of American Glass, 2005. (ill p. 68).
  • Matiskainen, Heikki, Koivisto, Kaisa, Viilomaa, Hannele. L'art du verre finlandais 2000–2005. The Finnish glass museum, Riihimäki 2005.
Articles
  • Wheaton Village, Pâte de Verre Glass, Neues Glass aug/sept. 2005 (ill p. 9) (Germany)
  • Kiln-cast glass - Oblåst glas, Art Bulletin of Nationalmuseum Stockholm, Vol 11, 2005, p. 67–68, ill (Sweden)
  • Puhaltamaton lasi näyttää saippualta, Helsingin Sanomat 25.3.2005

Published articles and publications

  • Kekäläinen, Päivi – Koivisto, Kaisa: Pieni helmikirja. Vitromania, Helsinki 2008. “Little glass bead book”. Self-publication, In Finnish.
  • Kekäläinen, Päivi. Esineitä lasimurskasta. A textbook on pâte de verre, in Finnish. UIAH, Helsinki 1992.
Articles (in Finnish)
  • Lasista peilille kehys, Taito magazine, 3/2007. Article on glass mould casting with work instructions.
  • Valmista lasinappeja sulattamalla, Taito magazine, 2/2007. Article on glass fusing with work instructions.
  • Ikkunalasin uudet kuviot, Taito magazine, 1/2007. Article on glass slumping with work instructions.
  • Lasilomalle töitä tekemään, Taitaja 2/2006. Article on glass course vacationing, in Finnish.
  • Tämän päivän lasia, The Friends of the Finnish Glass Museum Annual report 2005. Riihimäki 2006. Article on contemporary glass, in Finnish.
  • Fusing, bending and shaping glass and Wound beads. – Koivisto, Kaisa (ed.). Finnish glass lives 5, p. 25–35. Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki 2005. Exhibition catalogue.
  • Kiehtova, muuntuva lasi. Taito magazine, 4/1998 ja 5/1998. Article on kiln-forming glass.

Other
  • Ville Vallgrenin ateljee (Ville Vallgren's Atelier), [www.yle.fi/teema/teemagalleria/vallgren/ateljee.php - not available 2019]. YLE Teema gallery, 9.10.2003. (in Finnish) (Finnish Broadcasting Company’s Teema channel for culture, education and science)
  • Kekäläinen, Päivi – Rajala, Markku: Kierrätyslasituotteen valmistus sintraamalla, research report. UIAH, Dept. of Ceramic and Glass Design, research publications no. 4, 1995. In Finnish.
  • Kekäläinen, Päivi – Rajala, Markku: Kierrätyslasituotteen valmistus sintraamalla, research report. UIAH, Dept. of Ceramic and Glass Design, research publications no. 6, 1995. In Finnish.
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