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


Maarit Mäkelä 2020


Harri Laakso, Maarit Mäkelä, Susanna Helke 2019 RUUKKU. Studies in Artistic Research

Research Pavilion #3: Traces from the Anthropocene. Working with Soil

Riikka Latva-Somppi, Maarit Mäkelä, Ozgu Gundeslioglu, Catharina Kajander 2019

Traces from the Anthropocene: Working with Soil in Research Pavilion #3 Infolab

Riikka Latva-Somppi, Maarit Mäkelä, Ozgu Gundeslioglu, Catharina Kajander 2019

A Nourishing Dialogue with the Material Environment

Maarit Mäkelä 2019 Design and Nature

Negotiation between the Maker and Material: Observations on Material Interactions in Felting Studio

Bilge Aktas, Maarit Mäkelä 2019 International Journal of Design

Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future

Maarit Mäkelä, Priska Falin, Nathalie Lautenbacher, Anna van der Lei 2018


Maarit Mäkelä 2018

Earth-dialogue (exhibition)

Maarit Mäkelä 2018
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