Personal Exploration

Each year the course have special theme and the course starts with five-days excursion to the theme-related destination in Finland. The starting point of the course is an idea of a researching artist/designer with a capability to conceptualize the perceived phenomena and experience. For supporting the process, the students keep working diary throughout the course. In the diary, the students reflect the working process by sketching and writing. In addition, the students document the entire process by photographing, videotaping or with other recording media. The students can utilise different studios when elaborating their individual tasks and producing their final artefact. This work is supported with tutoring sessions, shared discussions, lectures, excursions and literature assignments. The course consists in three phases: (I) collecting information (excursions, lectures, literature); (II) processing and interpreting the collected data (working in studios, sharing the process in group sessions); and (III) presenting the interpretation (final artefact and related exhibition).
Professor Maarit Mäkelä

projects - outcomes - exhibitions

-still being updated- 

From class teacher to a creativity researcher

Professor Maarit Mäkelä is passionate about her work; hands deep in clay.


Environmental issues get form by ceramic art

Finnish ceramic artists visualise land contamination in Venice research pavilion.

Photo: Siina Levonoja


A design intervention in Suvilahti district by using clay objects.
By manipulating the place the artist studied the character of Suvilahti. The evolving process was documented by photographing.
It reveals what happened to the pots in the duration of one week.

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Photo: Simone Kliuciute

Simone Kliuciute: Soft graffiti

“Soft graffiti as a reflection of traditional weaving was brought into the contemporary shape of interventions in public space. Textile installations took place in brand new metro stations of Espoo: Matinkylä, Niittykumpu, Aalto-yliopisto. Every station has been beautifully designed in regards of the ceiling but one can barely see it through the window of the train. In contrast, Soft graffiti has brought more colours and domestic feeling into the waiting area and has created a playful experience for the passenger. The metal mesh of the furniture was used as a loom for fabrics.” 

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