Biography

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Heini Riitahuhta (b. 1975) is a Finnish designer working at the Arabia Art Department. Expressing her artistry with decorative unique works, Riitahuhta is inspired by traditional Finnish embroidery and cross-stitch work; she is also influenced by nature in her practice, particularly her childhood memories of her grandmother in her garden, surrounded by the smells of the earth and the perfume of the flowers. As a result, her works blend Finnish flora with creations from her imagination. Ceramic hexagons create a fascinating composition that grows piece by piece, containing a tiny cosmos in each of numberless fragments which, when taken together, form an expanding universe.

 

Riitahuhta studied at the ceramics and glass department of the University of Art and Design Helsinki and Sint-Lucas Visual Art Institute in Ghent before earning her Master of Arts in 2002 at Taiki in Japan. During the same year she received the Honorable mention in Mino, Japan. She was a founding member of the Arabia Art Department Association and its first president. She has participated in exhibitions in Finland, Japan, China, Switzerland, France, and the Nordic countries. This year, her work will be featured in the Finnish Design Exhibition, which will later circulate to five major Japanese museums. 

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HEINI RIITAHUHTA
b. 1975

EDUCATION
2002    MA, University of Arts and Design Helsinki, Department of Ceramics
                 and Glass
1999    BA, Design/Ceramist Wetterhoff/Häme Polytechnical University
1997    Exchange at Swansea College of Arts, Wales
1996    Exchange at Sint Lucas Visual Arts of Ghent, Belgium
1994    Matricular examination (yo) Tammerkosken Lukio
1990    Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School, Palo Alto, CA

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016    Unelma, Isetan Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan and touring exhibition in Japan
                 produced by Case Gallery, Tokyo
2013    Spiral, Wachoal Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
2012    Circus, Isetan Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
2010    B-Gallery, Beams, Tokyo, Japan
            Case Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
            Toyama, Kakawa and Mie, Japan
2008    SUSI with Mikko Järvenpää, Design Forum Finland, Helsinki, Finland
2006    SVFF, Werkstattladen Gallery, Winterthur, Switzerland
2005    Lava-artists From Finland and Denmark, Kähler Ceramics,
                 Næstved, Denmark
            VERSOJA, Arabia Museum and Gallery Helsinki, Finland
            Biennale Internationale Design, Saint-Etienne, France
2003    Takana Final Work, Littala Shop and showroom, Esplanad,
                 Helsinki, Finland
1999    Pöydällä, Galleria Ripustus, Hämeenlinna, Finland

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018    Design Miami / Basel, Hostler Burrows, Basel, Switzerland (forthcoming)
            Ornamon Teosmyynti 2018, Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland
            Mix & Match, Lokal, Helsinki, Finland
            Nordic Art Gallery, Antibes, France
2017    Design Miami, Hostler Burrows, Miami, FL
            Heini Riitahuhta x Kristiina Uusitalo, Nordic Art Gallery, Antibes, France
            New Ceramic Artists, Hostler Burrows, New York, NY
            Finnish Design 2017, Traveling Exhibition in Japan: Fukuoka City Museum,
                 Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Fukui City Museum, Fuchu
                 Art Museum, Miyagi Museum of Art
            Signals, Habitare, Helsinki, Finland
            Jasmin Anoschkin ja Heini Riitahuhta, Porignal Gallery, Pori Art Museum,
                 Pori, Finland
            Kisses and Popcorn, Littala & Arabia Design Centre, Helsinki, Finland
            Kasuko No Mori No Titityy, Case Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2016    Arabia Art Department Society, Habitare Messukeskus, Helsinki, Finland
            NID + Finnish Designers NOW!, Le Off @ Paris Design Week,
                 Paris, France
            Ligne du Temps, Gallerie Helenbeck, Nice, France
            9 Seasons, Embassy of Finland, Washington, DC
2014    Lokal Sato at Konst & Form, Gumbostrand Söderkulla and Lokal,
                 Helsinki, Finland
            Rajapinnat, Fiskars, Finland
            Summer Love, Artek meets Lokal, Helsinki, Finland
2013-14  Arabia Art & Design, Artium, Fukuoka, Japan produced by
                 Curators Inc.
            Nordic Passion, Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea
2013    Arabia140 & Arabia Art Department: 10 Years Collection,
                 Stockmann, Finland
            Heini Riitahuhta & Yoko Namiki, Isetan, Tokyo, Japan
2012-13  The Essence of Finnish Design and Culture, Produced by Curators Inc.,
                 Traveling Exhibition in Japan
2012    Arabia Art Department 9th floor, Arabia Museum Gallery, Helsinki,
                 Finland
            Design Finland, Hangaram Design Museum, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul,
                 South Korea

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS, CONTINUED
2011    Arabia Art Department, Art Fair Helsinki at Messukeskus, Finland
            Love Communication, Isetan Shinjuku & Liitto, Case Gallery, Tokyo
                 Design Tide, Japan
            A-duuri, Gallery Angelo Pori, Pori Jazz Festival, Pori, Finland
2010     Design Work Sama at Finland, Expo 2010 Shanghai, China
2009    Arabia Art Department Art & Design, Danmarks Keramikmuseum
                 Grimmerhus Middelfart, Denmark
            Arabia: 135 years, Designmuseum Helsinki, Finland
            Tammerkoski 100 years - Graduates from the School, Tampere, Finland
2008    Fennofolk, Designmuseum Helsinki, Finland
            Arabia Art Department Society and Pro Puu Society, Pro Puu Gallery,
                 Lahti, Finland
2007    Salaisuus as part of 5KULMAA, 5 Corners, Helsinki, Finland
            Nordic Exhibition Series, Röstrands Museum, Lidköping, Sweden
2006    Kauneusvirhe, Arabia Art Department Society, Forum Box,
                 Helsinki, Finland
            European Ceramics Context, Young Artist Series, Representative of
                 Finland, Bornholm, Denmark
2005    The Stylish Scandinavian Design, Shigaraki Ceramics Cultural Park, Japan
2004    Finnish Design, University of Arts, Beijing, China
            Masters of Arts, Designmuseum Helsinki, Finland
            Dream Team, Design Forum Finland, Helsinki, Finland
            Taru, Hehku Art Fair, Kankaanpää, Finland
2003    Suomen Keramiikan Vuosisata, Designmuseum Helsinki, Finland
2002    The Sixth International Ceramics Fair, Mino, Japan
            k’2000, Lappeenranta, Finland
2000    Uusia Jälkiä: Juried Exhibition by 5 regional art committees of Finland,
                 Pirkanpohja, Ähtäri
1997    Kutani International Ceramics Fair, Japan
1996    Witte Saal, Sint Lucas Gent, Belgium
1990    Art at J.L.S., Palo Alto, CA

COMPETITIONS
2010    1st Prize: Finland’s Mint Gala: Competition, Design of coins, The Series of
                 Peace, With M. Järvenpää
2008    3rd Prize: Vuores Sound Barrier Competition, With M. Järvenpää
2002    Honorable Mention: the 6th International Ceramics Fair Mino, Japan

GRANTS
2017    Alfred Kordelin Foundation, working grant
2015    SKR Satakunta, working grant Taike, Travel Grant to Japan
2012    National Design Board, Exhibition Grant
2011    The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Main, Exhibition Grant
2010    National Design Board, Exhibition Grant
2009    The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Main, One year working Grant
2007    Art Council of Finland, A pilot project with ceramics

AFFILIATIONS
Arabia
Arabia Art Department Society (Founding Member, Inaugural President)
Lapuan Kankurit
Scope Japan
Kotonowa Maruwa Inc.
Korujamatka
Helena Orava Designprojects
Case Inc
Kotona design
Kankaanpään Kaupunki
Actus Japan
Tampereen teknillinen yliopisto

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB), Helsinki, Finland
Housing area of Art & Design, City of Helsinki
Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park
Nagoya Children’s Clinic, Japan
Collection of Curators Inc., Japan
City of Kankaanpää

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