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Heini Riitahuhta - Artists + Designers - Hostler Burrows

Heini Riitahuhta (Finnish, b. 1975) is an artist and designer living and working in Helsinki, Finland. Taking inspiration from the natural world as well as from traditional Finnish folk crafts such as embroidery and cross-stitch, Riitahuhta makes detailed ceramic mosaic works. When examined individually, each of the hexagonal tiles in her works contains its own abstract cosmos, while from a distance, each plays a small role in the intricate overall composition, an expanding universe growing piece by piece. Her works are also a personal testament to childhood memories spent in her grandmother’s garden surrounded by the scent of the earth and the perfume of flowers.

Riitahuhta studied at the ceramics and glass department of the University of Art and Design in Helsinki and Sint-Lucas Visual Art Institute in Ghent before earning her Master of Arts in 2002 in Taiki, Japan. During the same year, she received an honorable mention in Mino, Japan. Riitahuhta was a founding member of the Arabia Art Department Association and its first president. Riitahuhta’s work has been exhibited widely internationally.


b. 1975

2002    MA, University of Arts and Design Helsinki, Department of Ceramics
                 and Glass
1999    BA, Design/Ceramist Wetterhoff/Häme Polytechnical University
1997    Exchange at Swansea College of Arts, Wales
1996    Exchange at Sint Lucas Visual Arts of Ghent, Belgium
1994    Matricular examination (yo) Tammerkosken Lukio
1990    Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School, Palo Alto, CA

2016    Unelma, Isetan Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan and touring exhibition in Japan
                 produced by Case Gallery, Tokyo
2013    Spiral, Wachoal Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
2012    Circus, Isetan Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
2010    B-Gallery, Beams, Tokyo, Japan
            Case Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
            Toyama, Kakawa and Mie, Japan
2008    SUSI with Mikko Järvenpää, Design Forum Finland, Helsinki, Finland
2006    SVFF, Werkstattladen Gallery, Winterthur, Switzerland
2005    Lava-artists From Finland and Denmark, Kähler Ceramics,
                 Næstved, Denmark
            VERSOJA, Arabia Museum and Gallery Helsinki, Finland
            Biennale Internationale Design, Saint-Etienne, France
2003    Takana Final Work, Littala Shop and showroom, Esplanad,
                 Helsinki, Finland
1999    Pöydällä, Galleria Ripustus, Hämeenlinna, Finland

2023   Northern Latitude 60.20890: The Arabia Art Department Society’s 20th
                anniversary exhibition
, Iittala & Arabia Design Centre, Helsinki, Finland
2018    Design Miami / Basel, Hostler Burrows, Basel, Switzerland (forthcoming)
            Ornamon Teosmyynti 2018, Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland
            Mix & Match, Lokal, Helsinki, Finland
            Nordic Art Gallery, Antibes, France
2017    Design Miami, Hostler Burrows, Miami, FL
            Heini Riitahuhta x Kristiina Uusitalo, Nordic Art Gallery, Antibes, France
            New Ceramic Artists, Hostler Burrows, New York, NY
            Finnish Design 2017, Traveling Exhibition in Japan: Fukuoka City Museum,
                 Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Fukui City Museum, Fuchu
                 Art Museum, Miyagi Museum of Art
            Signals, Habitare, Helsinki, Finland
            Jasmin Anoschkin ja Heini Riitahuhta, Porignal Gallery, Pori Art Museum,
                 Pori, Finland
            Kisses and Popcorn, Littala & Arabia Design Centre, Helsinki, Finland
            Kasuko No Mori No Titityy, Case Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2016    Arabia Art Department Society, Habitare Messukeskus, Helsinki, Finland
            NID + Finnish Designers NOW!, Le Off @ Paris Design Week,
                 Paris, France
            Ligne du Temps, Gallerie Helenbeck, Nice, France
            9 Seasons, Embassy of Finland, Washington, DC
2014    Lokal Sato at Konst & Form, Gumbostrand Söderkulla and Lokal,
                 Helsinki, Finland
            Rajapinnat, Fiskars, Finland
            Summer Love, Artek meets Lokal, Helsinki, Finland
2013-14  Arabia Art & Design, Artium, Fukuoka, Japan produced by
                 Curators Inc.
            Nordic Passion, Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea
2013    Arabia140 & Arabia Art Department: 10 Years Collection,
                 Stockmann, Finland
            Heini Riitahuhta & Yoko Namiki, Isetan, Tokyo, Japan
2012-13  The Essence of Finnish Design and Culture, Produced by Curators Inc.,
                 Traveling Exhibition in Japan
2012    Arabia Art Department 9th floor, Arabia Museum Gallery, Helsinki,
            Design Finland, Hangaram Design Museum, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul,
                 South Korea

2011    Arabia Art Department, Art Fair Helsinki at Messukeskus, Finland
            Love Communication, Isetan Shinjuku & Liitto, Case Gallery, Tokyo
                 Design Tide, Japan
            A-duuri, Gallery Angelo Pori, Pori Jazz Festival, Pori, Finland
2010     Design Work Sama at Finland, Expo 2010 Shanghai, China
2009    Arabia Art Department Art & Design, Danmarks Keramikmuseum
                 Grimmerhus Middelfart, Denmark
            Arabia: 135 years, Designmuseum Helsinki, Finland
            Tammerkoski 100 years - Graduates from the School, Tampere, Finland
2008    Fennofolk, Designmuseum Helsinki, Finland
            Arabia Art Department Society and Pro Puu Society, Pro Puu Gallery,
                 Lahti, Finland
2007    Salaisuus as part of 5KULMAA, 5 Corners, Helsinki, Finland
            Nordic Exhibition Series, Röstrands Museum, Lidköping, Sweden
2006    Kauneusvirhe, Arabia Art Department Society, Forum Box,
                 Helsinki, Finland
            European Ceramics Context, Young Artist Series, Representative of
                 Finland, Bornholm, Denmark
2005    The Stylish Scandinavian Design, Shigaraki Ceramics Cultural Park, Japan
2004    Finnish Design, University of Arts, Beijing, China
            Masters of Arts, Designmuseum Helsinki, Finland
            Dream Team, Design Forum Finland, Helsinki, Finland
            Taru, Hehku Art Fair, Kankaanpää, Finland
2003    Suomen Keramiikan Vuosisata, Designmuseum Helsinki, Finland
2002    The Sixth International Ceramics Fair, Mino, Japan
            k’2000, Lappeenranta, Finland
2000    Uusia Jälkiä: Juried Exhibition by 5 regional art committees of Finland,
                 Pirkanpohja, Ähtäri
1997    Kutani International Ceramics Fair, Japan
1996    Witte Saal, Sint Lucas Gent, Belgium
1990    Art at J.L.S., Palo Alto, CA

2010    1st Prize: Finland’s Mint Gala: Competition, Design of coins, The Series of
                 Peace, With M. Järvenpää
2008    3rd Prize: Vuores Sound Barrier Competition, With M. Järvenpää
2002    Honorable Mention: the 6th International Ceramics Fair Mino, Japan

2017    Alfred Kordelin Foundation, working grant
2015    SKR Satakunta, working grant Taike, Travel Grant to Japan
2012    National Design Board, Exhibition Grant
2011    The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Main, Exhibition Grant
2010    National Design Board, Exhibition Grant
2009    The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Main, One year working Grant
2007    Art Council of Finland, A pilot project with ceramics

Arabia Art Department Society (Founding Member, Inaugural President)
Lapuan Kankurit
Scope Japan
Kotonowa Maruwa Inc.
Helena Orava Designprojects
Case Inc
Kotona design
Kankaanpään Kaupunki
Actus Japan
Tampereen teknillinen yliopisto

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB), Helsinki, Finland
Housing area of Art & Design, City of Helsinki
Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park
Nagoya Children’s Clinic, Japan
Collection of Curators Inc., Japan
City of Kankaanpää

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