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 designer for new trends, prints, children’s clothes, accessories, beachwear, home-wear, and so on.
I keep from my experience at Louis Feraud a fascination for geometrical prints, fabrics 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 working 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! Besides, Raku-firing always surprises me because the result is aways different and that is the reason I am so keen in it. I mix all the glazes with oxides my-self to get the exact tones I imagine for my creations.
My style is influenced by 22 years of Finnish culture and 34 years of French life experience; Scandinavian and Latin style as well... A good mix, I hope. Whatsoever, I never forgot about the little Finnish girl dreaming and drawing in the forest. I kept my child mind.
Welcome to my world,
I hope you'll enjoy it
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