I was born in Finland, a small village named Metsäkulma of Petäjävesi which means “ Corner of forest in Pine’s". This is really what it looks like: there is nothing but trees and lakes. I thus grew up in a farm, without TV or others “modern” things, with nature , animals, Moomi’s , Hans Andersens and Grimm’s stories.
This period of my life really is the base of my imagination and artistic universe. I have always been doing manual work, eager to create things with my own hands. At the age of 10, I knew how to cook, to bake, to sew, to knit, to cut the wood and so on. But what I liked the most was drawing people with beautiful clothes. I drew everywhere: on stones, on trees, on wood ... Dreaming that someday, I would have these beautiful “princess clothes” with pearls, embroideries, laces...
But dreaming was not enough. At 21 years old, I packed my luggages and took a plane for the first time of my life. To where ? Paris, the capital of Fashion! I was so excited to visit all those magnificent boutiques, museums, monuments and the busy street-life... I had never seen this of my life before and enjoyed every bits of it.
After hard work and perseverance, I found a training course in the Louis Feraud’s Haute Couture house. I first became a needlewoman in atelier Haute Couture and was then hired as a Fashion designer. I keep from my experience at Louis Feraud a fascination for geometrical prints, fabrics, embroideries and texture effects but also black and white colours with bright tones.
It is in 2007, when I visited a Roger Capron exhibit in Vallauris that I understood what I really wanted to do for the rest of my life: ceramic ! It was like love at first sight. I thus decided to enter the "Vallauris Institute of Arts “ to learn all the different techniques of ceramic.
When I touch the clay, time is like suspended. I prefer work with stoneware and have found the opportunity in Ceramic Art that is to express all my feelings through shapes, colours, surfaces and effects...in the mean time! I mix myself all my glazes and enamels with oxides to get tones,which I imagine for my creations, but in the end Raku-firing always gives exciting, unique surprises for my art.
First my style is influenced by 22 years of Finnish culture, after by 35 years of French life experience. Now in my life I have a new turning, I came back to Finland, but France always is my home-country, too.
My Art and My Life are Colorful-mix of Scandinavian and Latin style as well.
Welcome to my world...
....I hope you'll enjoy it
P.S. All my pieces are unique.
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