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Heidi Aulikki Puumalainen

  • Ceramicist
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Master Artisan
Heidi Aulikki Puumalainen Ceramicist
Finnish, English, Swedish
By appointment only
+358 503559966
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Thinking with her hands

  • • Heidi derives inspiration from organic shapes
  • • Sometimes she takes on apprentices to work with her
  • • She loves to pick mushrooms in the forest

Heidi Aulikki Puumalainen says she did not discover clay. It was the other way around – clay found her. But making the big decision to concentrate on ceramics required trips and studies in three continents. It all started as a hobby in America where she stayed for a year in 1997. Her studies commenced at Forssa Vocational Institute in Finland and continued in 2001 at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki and as an exchange student at the Musashino Art University in Tokyo. After graduating in 2009 it took her a while to find a direction. A turning point came in Beijing, where she spent the year 2013. Other jobs went out the window and she started her own business in the heart of Helsinki four years later.

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Photo: © Heidi Puummalainen
Once You Were Intact

This piece, a hand thrown and hand built wall art relief, tells the story of perfection moulded by our environment. “At first we are all intact. Then our living environment changes us.” Heidi Aulikki Puumalainen uses age-old craft techniques to multiply forms and create three-dimensional wall art pieces, some of which are in the Finnish State Art Commission Collection.

Height 25 cm
Width 27 cm
Depth 7 cm

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Coloured cups and plate

These hand thrown stoneware cups and plates were specially made for the Helsinki Design Museum Shop. The collection, hand painted with coloured slip, was created to go with the 2020 summer exhibition colour scheme. The cups and plates are available in various colours and sizes. Heidi Aulikki’s tableware collection comprises functional ceramic pieces in exquisite designs, with the craft itself visible in the final product.

Diameter 9 cm
Diameter 15 cm

Photo: © Jenni Ahonen
Serving dish

This hand thrown stoneware serving dish is part of a larger series of functional tableware, handmade in the heart of Helsinki. There is one overarching and always present rule throughout Heidi Aulikki’s pieces: there must be finger marks or other elements that indicate the piece was handmade. “It is important that the aspect of craft is visible in the final product.”

Diameter 30 cm

Photo: © Heidi Puummalainen
Thought boxes and plate

This collection of stoneware boxes and a plate was inspired by the archipelago nature of the rural island of Kökar. The containers are both functional and decorative. As with all of Heidi Aulikki’s products, she has purposefully left fingerprints or other indications of the handmade nature of the pieces.

Photo: © Heidi Puummalainen
Thought box

Thought boxes were designed to store special items and can also be used in the kitchen to store items such as sugar. The design for the series was inspired by the archipelago nature of the rural island of Kökar, where Heidi Aulikki lived for several periods of her life on an artist residency programme. The decorative 'swirls' on the top of the container represent the daydreams of a potter at the wheel.

Diameter 5 cm

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