PEKKA PAIKKARI (Finnish, b. 1960)
Bottles 1-3, 2013
Heights, 70 - 72.5 inches, widths 6 - 6.5 inches
Pekka Paikkari (Finnish, b. 1960) is a ceramic artist living and working in Helsinki, Finland where he has been a member of the Arabia Art Department Society since 1983. He is primarily known for large-scale wall sculptures, unique sculptural objects and monumental public installations. Using clay as his primary material, Pekkari’s works blur the lines between fine art, design, and traditional craft. His expert use of the medium proves a rich analogy for both the human condition - displaying great strength and fragility in equal measure; as well as the passing of time - registering as either permanent or ephemeral based on the depth of lens. His work is included in many prestigious museum collections including: the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Ceramics Museum of Barcelona, and the Shigaraki Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art in Japan among others.