Professor Maarit Mäkelä

prof Maarit Mäkelä. Photo Anne Kinnunen
Maarit Mäkelä, working with soil

Maarit Mäkelä is an associate professor of design, especially practice-led design research, and the leader of Contemporary Design programme and EMPIRICA research group. Maarit conducts her own creative practice in the junction of ceramics and fine art. The starting point of her scholarly work is creative practices that takes place in the context of art, craft and design. She is interested in materiality, especially how one’s embodied mind operates during the creative process. She uses documentary and reflective methods for capturing and understanding one’s personal creative process.

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Curating and Storytelling

The students learn to professionalize their ideas, and present their ideas to relevant stakeholders. At the end of the course the student should be capable to present a coherent exhibition and/or catalogue plan that is based on clearly curated narration.

Contemporary Design
Crusade, Pietro Lora

Personal Exploration

The aim of the course is to provide challenging environment for action, where the student is encouraged to experiment his/her ideas related to a given theme with a brave and open-minded attitude.

Contemporary Design

Latest publications

Material Connections in Craft Making

Bilge Aktas, Maarit Mäkelä, Tarja-Kaarina Laamanen 2020 Proceedings of DRS2020

Maan ja ihmisen dialogi

Maarit Mäkelä 2020 Kantava maa

Practitioners’ Experience in Clay 3D Printing

Priska Falin, Nur Horsanali, Flemming Tvede Hansen, Maarit Mäkelä 2020

Taide tekemisen prosessina

Maarit Mäkelä 2020 Tahiti

Soil Matters (designer)

Maarit Mäkelä 2020

Soil Matters (curator)

Maarit Mäkelä 2020

Moments of Entanglement

Luis Vega, Maarit Mäkelä, Tzuyu Chen, Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen 2020 Biennial International Conference for the Craft Sciences BICCS2021


Maarit Mäkelä 2020

Ceramega 2020

Maarit Mäkelä 2020

Solid Ground

Nathalie Lautenbacher, Tuuli Mattelmäki, Mikko Jalas, Maarit Mäkelä, Tarja-Kaarina Laamanen, Harri Kalha, Kari Enqvist, Janne Saarikivi, Hannu Väisänen, Juhani Pallasmaa 2020
More information on our research in the Research database.
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