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Kati Tuominen-Niittylä - Artists + Designers - Hostler Burrows

Kati Tuominen-Niittylä (Finnish, b. 1947) is an internationally acclaimed ceramic artist living and working in Helsinki, Finland. Her elegant minimalist works blend multiple techniques with extraordinary skill alternating between wheel-throwing, casting, and hand-building with a prevalence of textured, carved surfaces. All of Tuominen-Niittylä's works are high-fired. Evoking archetypal silhouettes reminiscent of functional vessels such as buckets and basketry, as well as shapes found in nature, Tuominen-Niittylä creates objects that are refined and sophisticated yet with a rough plainness that is further emphasized by the earthy neutral hues. The objects appear almost ancient or geological. The interchanging of techniques also affords a uniqueness to each piece and it often leads to new details and finishes. Although the works are suggestive of ancient functional forms, Tuominen-Niittylä creates each piece purely with artistic purpose.

Tuominen-Niittylä studied at the Aalto University School of Arts, Architecture and Design. She is a member of the Arabia Art Department Society and has designed for Arabia Studios. Her work is in the permanent collections of numerous public institutions including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Finnish State Collections, and the Shigaraki Cultural Park Museum in Japan.


B. 1947, Helsinki, Finland

1976     University of Art and Design, Helsinki

2011    Gallery Inger Molin, Stockholm, Sweden
            ​Kuvia Immagini, Officine Saffi, Milan, Italy
2008    Kaj Franck-prize exhibition, Gallery Modus, Tampere, Finland
2007    Kaj Franck-prize exhibition, Design Forum, Helsinki, Finland
2003    Shadows, Alvar Aalto Museum Gallery, Jyväskylä, Finland
            Gallery Inger Molin, Stockholm, Sweden
2001    Angle of Vision II, Arabia Museum Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

2019    Design Miami / Basel, Hostler Burrows, Basel, Switzerland
            FOG Design + Art, Hostler Burrows, San Francisco, CA
            A Thing of Beauty, Officine Saffi, Milan, Italy
2018    Design Miami, Hostler Burrows, Miami, FL
2016    CHART | Art Fair, Gallery Lemmetti, Copenhagen, Denmark
2015    Collect, International Art Fair, Officine Saffi Gallery, London,
                 United Kingdom
            Contemporary Ceramics, Officine Saffi, Milan, Italy
2014    SOFA CHICAGO, Art Fair, Officine Saffi Gallery, Chicago, USA
            Collect, International Art Fair, Officine Saffi Gallery, London,
                 United Kingdom
2013    SOFA CHICAGO, Art Fair, Officine Saffi Gallery, Chicago, USA
            Pyhaniemi summer exhibition, Lahti, Finland
            Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Korea
2012    Arabia’s 9th floor, Gallery Arabia, Helsinki, Finland
            MIC, Helsinki Fat Clay, Faenza, Italy
            Gallerie Officine Saffi, Helsinki Fat Clay, Milan, Italy
            Flow Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2011    Gallery Angelo, Pori, Finland
            Helsinki Art Fair, Helsinki, Finland
2010    Galerie Marianne Heller, Heidelberg, Germany
            Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany
2009    Signals, Gallery Flow, London, United Kingdom
            Gallery Besson, London, United Kingdom
            Danske Keramisk Museum, Mitterfart, Denmark
2008    Collect Art Fair, Flow Gallery, London, United Kingdom
            Gallery Oljemark, Helsinki, Finland
            Art Fair, Wanha Satama, Helsinki, Finland
2007    Gallery Goed Werk, Zulte, Belgium
            The Intern. Art + Design Fair, New York, USA

2023   Northern Latitude 60.20890: The Arabia Art Department Society’s 20th
                anniversary exhibition
, Iittala & Arabia Design Centre, Helsinki, Finland
​​​​​​​2006    Collect Art Fair, Flow Gallery, London, United Kingdom
            Septaria Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
            The Intern. Art + Design Fair, New York, USA
            Fiskars, Finland 
            Forum Box, Helsinki, Finland
2005    Scandinavian Stylish Design: Arabia Ware in Finland, The Shigaraki
                 Ceramic Cultural Park, Shigaraki, Japan
2004    A Touch of Finland, Flow-Gallery, London & Antrim, Northern Ireland
            Ceramics 2004, European Ceramics, Fiskars, Finland
            Syvällä Savessa, Finnish Handicraft Museum, Jyväskylä, Finland
            Gallery Philippe Denys, Brussels, Belgium
2003    Retro, Fiskars, Finland
2002    Kosketuskohta, Gallery Laterna Magica, Helsinki, Finland
2000    Arabia artists in Retretti, Retretti Art Center, Punkaharju, Finland
            Keramik, Höganäs Museum, Sweden
            Finnish Glass Lives 4, Glass Museum of Finland, Riihimäki, Finland
            Gallery Norby, Copenhagen, Denmark
            Viewpoints II, Arabia Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
            Galleri Norby, Copenhagen, Denmark
            10 from Finland, Gallery Mokkumto, Seoul, Korea

2007    Kaj Franck Design Prize
2002    Gold Medal, Mino, Japan
1998    Grand Prix, Mino, Japan
            Honorary Mention, Mino, Japan

Arabia Museum, Helsinki 
Art Museum, Helsinki 
Finnish State Collections 
Handelsbanken, Sweden 
Hetjens Museum, Dusseldorf
Höganäs Museum, Höganäs, Sweden 
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem 
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
Mino's New Ceramics Museum, Tajimi, Gifu, Japan
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm
Pohjola Companies, Helsinki
Röhsska Museet, Gothenburg, Sweden 
Seoul Design Museum, Seoul
Shigaraki Cultural Park Museum, Japan 
Statens Konstråd, Sweden
Ulster Museum, Belfast, United Kingdom 
Victoria & Albert Museum, London 
Wihuri Foundation Collections

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