ABOUT MARI TOLVANEN
I am a ceramic artist living and working in Helsinki, Finland. I like working with clay and the aesthetics included in the process. A lot of times the process itself guides the finished product. I have worked with different techniques, such as wood-firing. I like to create an element of surprise in all of my pieces, which could lead to a certain glaze or design.
Making and designing ceramics has been my focus, but also drawing and painting. They have similarities in the way I explore process and textures. One technique requires a lot of time and preparation, while drawing is much faster.
In addition to working in ceramics, I also teach ceramic courses at my studio to students of all ages. I have had exhibitions of my ceramic work and drawing in Finland, Canada, Germany and Belgium.