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Urmas Puhkan

  • Ceramicist
  • Tallinn, Estonia
  • Master Artisan
Urmas Puhkan Ceramicist
Estonian, English, Russian
Monday to Friday 11:00 - 18:00, Saturday 11:00 - 15:00
+ 372 56646873
© Urmas Puhkan

Ceramics that talk

  • • Urmas' creative process is in constant flux
  • • He regularly collaborates with fellow ceramicists
  • • He teaches his craft at the Estonian Academy of Arts

From a school friend's studio to establishing his own ceramic studio tower in the heart of Tallinn's Old Town, Urmas Puhkan is a master with over three decades of experience in the field of ceramics. He has a boundless imagination and draws inspiration from bouncing off ideas with like-minded friends and artists. His works are surreal, utopian and don’t hold a distinct style, but vary in their lively nature. A master whose works encompass a process that is in constant flux through life's happenings and team discussions, all that enliven this craft! Now he is passing on his knowledge through workshops and by teaching at the Estonian Academy of Arts.

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  • © Urmas Puhkan
  • © Urmas Puhkan
  • © Urmas Puhkan
  • © Urmas Puhkan
  • © Urmas Puhkan
Photo: © Urmas Puhkan
Tegelased õõvarist

This work was made for Urmas Puhkan’s exhibition Õ, organised by the Estonian Ceramicists Association. The alien-like figures were made from stoneware and curved glass was used to create the lifelike eyes.

Length 19 cm
Width 20 cm
Height 47 cm
Length 16 cm
Width 15 cm
Height 32 cm
Length 21 cm
Width 23 cm
Height 22 cm

Photo: © Urmas Puhkan
Vihmase pühapäeva vinüülikuulaja

The inspiration for this red glazed stoneware sculpture came to Urmas on a rainy Sunday when listening to old vinyl LP’s, which is why it is called Rainy Sunday Vinyl Listener.

Length 43 cm
Width 27 cm
Height 30 cm

Photo: © Urmas Puhkan
Punk Baroque

This stoneware sculpture, finished with porcelain, glaze and copper wiring, was created for, and presented during a group exhibition, NEOEKSPREPOST. The inspiration for the piece were comical thoughts on the concept of Punk Baroque, playing with positive surreality.

Length 45 cm
Width 31 cm
Height 61 cm

Photo: © Urmas Puhkan

Since 2017, Urmas has experimented with the use of a 3-D clay pen. In 2018, he held a solo exhibition at the Estonian Applied Art Museum. The Nerves series, created with the 3-D clay pen, contemplates notions of what make us feel anxious.

Photo: © Urmas Puhkan
Skandeerijad - Chanters

Urmas Puhkan likes to incorporate a variety of materials into his ceramic sculptures. These two red stoneware sculptures allude to both industrial metal structures and human movement. f

Length 30 cm
Width 18 cm
Height 46 cm
Length 32 cm
Width 10 cm
Height 39 cm

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