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Marianne Huotari - Artists + Designers - Hostler Burrows

Mitro Härkönen/Ornamo Art and Design Finland, courtesy Ornamo Magazine

Marianne Huotari crafts delicate ceramic wall rugs and glazed stoneware sculptures using a reimagined version of the traditional Finnish textile technique ryijy. Ryijy translates to thick cloth, and refers to a method of loom weaving tapestries, often depicting geometric shapes or florals, in colors traditionally sourced from plant dyes. Through a care intensive process of craftsmanship, Huotari sculpts hundreds of oblong ceramic beads and petals by hand, before sewing them onto a metal frame with wire. The beads layer and bubble at will, similar to the woven knots in ryijy. Her color palate mimics that of the original woolen fibers, creams and light greens, alongside pinks and muted blues, populate her tapestries and free-standing sculptures. The presence of nature and whimsy is a mainstay, whether referentially in titles such as Garden Plot, or representationally in the shape of small adorning flowers.

Marianne Huotari - Artists + Designers - Hostler Burrows

Mitro Härkönen/Ornamo Art and Design Finland, courtesy Ornamo Magazine

Huotari’s slow and hands on process allows her to pause the rapidity of daily life and find a meditative rhythm in the act of creating. Due to the laborious nature of each work, her stamina for a piece must carry on for weeks to months at a time. She approaches each item she creates with tenderness, whether it be a bead passing through her fingers, or a wall hanging requiring countless hours of stitching. Her final forms exude a warm consciousness and feeling of delight, much like the artist herself.

Marianne Huotari lives and works in Helsinki, where she is a member of the Arabia Art Department Society. Her work has been shown widely in Finland, as well as throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States. Her recent work, Väre, was made in collaboration with the Finnish National Museum. Huotari serves as the Creative Director for Helsinki based design and rug company, Finarte. In 2022, Huotari was short listed for the Loewe Craft Prize and her work was exhibited at the Seoul Museum of Craft Arts.


b. 1986, Finland

2014    Master of Arts, Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland
2009    Bachelor of Design (BA), Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Kuopio Academy of
            Design, Finland
2008    University of Huddersfield, Exchange Studies, UK
2005    Mikkelin Lyseon Lukio, Matriculation Examination, Finland

2022   Hiljaiselo, Doinel, Tokyo, Japan
2021   Kukkatori, Doinel, Tokyo, Japan
2020   Kasvukausi, Konst & Form, Sipoo, Finland
2019   ORANGERIA – The Ceramic Garden of Infinite Summer, MUSTAKIVI, Matsuyama, Japan
2018   Kotiseutu – the Spirit of Roots, Spiral, Tokyo, Japan 

2023   Clay Protagonists, Rvnhus, Kolding, Denmark
           Narrative Threads, Scandinavia House, New York, NY
           Northern Latitude 60.20890: Arabia Art Department Society’s 20th anniversary exhibition,
           ​​​​​​​Iittala & Arabia Design Centre, Helsinki, Finland
           ​​​​​​​Atelier Life, Hvitträsk National Museum of Finland, Kirkkonummi, Finland
           ​​​​​​​Strange Friends, Make Hauser & Wirth, London, United Kingdom
2022   Recent Works by Veera Kulju, Marianne Huotari, Hanne G., HB381, New York, NY
           ​​​​​​​Loewe Foundation Craft Prize, Seoul Museum, Seoul, South Korea
           ​​​​​​​Next of Europe, Homo Faber, Michelangelo Foundation, Venice, Italy
2021   Saviseremonia, MUJI, Helsinki, Finland
           ​​​​​​​Here, There and Everywhere, Hiljaiselo, Doinel, Tokyo, Japan
           ​​​​​​​Seilunmaisema, Glasshouse, Helsinki, Finland
           ​​​​​​​Kantava maa – Solid Ground, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
           ​​​​​​​The International Ceramic Festival—MINO, Gifu, Japan
           ​​​​​​​Pinta, Purnu, Orivesi, Finland
           ​​​​​​​On the Edge – Äärellä, Rovaniemi Art Museum, Finland
           ​​​​​​​Growth, OHO Galleria, Helsinki, Finland

2020   Wall Art from Finland, Doinel, Tokyo, Japan
           Sato – savenkorjuun aika, MUJI, Helsinki, Finland
           HDW: Stadium Exhibition, Helsinki, Finland
           Matkalla, Kulttuuihalli, Helsinki, Finland
2019   Gifts from Finland, SPIRAL, Tokyo, Japan
           Joulun Harsomaa, Himmelblau, Tampere, Finland
           Vieno – hiljainen harmonia, Vellikello Gallery, Järvenpää, Finland
           Paratiisin salaisuus, Iittala & Arabia Design Center, Helsinki, Finland
2018   What the Hel from Finland, Vancouver, Canada
           Pistot, Craft Corner, Helsinki, Finland
2017   Signals, Habitare, Helsinki, Finland
           Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, South Korea  
           Finland 100 – Now and Then, Beirut, Lebanon
           Käsityön äärellä – elävä käsityökulttuuri, Craft Corner, Helsinki, Finland     
2016   Yhes, Lokal, Helsinki, Finland
           Pinnalla touring exhibition, Jyväskylä, Kokkola, Helsinki, and Punkaharju, Finland  

EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art
Finnish State Art Collection

2022   Loewe Foundation Craft Prize, Finalist, Spain
2021   Officine Saffi Award 4, Residence Prize, Italy
2015   Ryijypalvelu Oy Textile Tapestry Competition, First Prize, Finland
2013   Poukama Design Competition, Finland

2022   Ja Niin Mina Kukoistan, Ministry of Education and Culture, The Finnish State Art
2019   Suven Sulot, Lapuan Kankurit Store, Tokyo, Japan
           Yunnan, Yunnan Restaurant, Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore
2018   Colored Landscapes, Kyo-Ondokoro Inn, Kyoto, Japan

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