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Anni Paunila

Anni Paunila Ceramicist
Contact
Finnish, English, Swedish
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+358 400850712
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A master of glazes

  • • Anni works almost exclusively with local materials
  • • Craftsmanship is part of her family’s heritage
  • • She works to find environmental solutions for her craft

Struggling to study for a linguistics entry test, Anni Paunila’s glassblower father asked her if she would consider applying for art school in Helsinki instead, so she did, and got in. Her strengths were drawing and painting; clay was never an obvious choice: “I did not have any connection to the material. Everything I did in ceramics I was disappointed with,” she says. This dissatisfaction triggered her ambition and she slowly started to understand that the material had its own voice and language. After her degree, Anni worked as a designer for industrial objects, painting with oil and doing little ceramic pieces. Today, Anni creates functional and sculptural pieces with her very own beautifully layered glazes.

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Works

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Vases

This is a collection of wheel thrown stoneware and slip casted porcelain vases and bowl. Anni Paunila uses multiple glazes in layers to create a unique surface, with colours ranging from a deep blue to greys and browns. The glazes create a thick and colourful partial coating.

Height 32 cm
Diameter 26 cm

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Asavi collection

Since 2016, Anni Paunila has been making small series of tableware under her brand Asavi. These objects, which include various mugs, cups and vases, are glazed using colourful glazes she has developed herself. The aim is to produce a small limited series of simple forms in various colours and glazes.

Height 12 cm
Diameter 12 cm

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Collection of wheel thrown stoneware

This is a collection of unique stoneware bowls and vases with multiple glazes developed by Anni Paunila. She uses multiple glazes in layers to create a unique surface, with colours ranging from blue to ash grey and brown. The glazes create a thick and colourful coating.

Height 5 cm
Diameter 20 cm

Photo: © Juho Haavisto
Ceramic fungi

These pieces, resembling ceramic tree fungi, are made out of slip cast porcelain. They are glazed with several different colourful glazes developed by Anni Paunila, with colours ranging from a vibrant orange to turquoise, pale blue, beige and dark brown.

Height 5 cm
Diameter 20 cm

Photo: © Juho Haavisto
Divine

This Anni Paunila sculpture shows a mother and her child. The surface is treated with coloured engobes and the body is glazed with multiple glazes: black on the head for the hair, and turquoise, blue and white on the body, resembling a thick, cape-like item of clothing.

Height 40 cm
Diameter 15 cm

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