Maarit Mäkelä

Maarit Mäkelä

A803 Dept. Design

Maarit Mäkelä works as an artist in the junction of ceramics and fine art. She has had several solo exhibitions and has taken part in frequent joint exhibitions in Finland and abroad. Much of her visual work deals with the questions of femininity. Her research interests lie in materialy, especially in the context of artistic and practice-led research. She is initiator of The Art of Research conference and co-editor of the anthologies “The Art of Research. Research Practices in Art and Design” (2006) and “The Art of Research II. Process, Results and Contribution” (2012). In addition, she has published widely in international arenas.

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Contact information

Postal address
Otaniementie 14 02150 Espoo Finland
Phone number

Areas of expertise

Taiteellinen tutkimus, Keramiikka, Materiaalilähtöinen taide, Practice-led research, Ceramics, Material-based art, Muotoilu, Design

Honors and awards

Design Club Open Call by Design Museum Helsinki (winner)

The international call for exhibitions themed material and materiality.
Invitation or ranking in competition Department of Design Mar 2020

Whitegold International Ceramic Prize

Soil group was selected one of the shortlisted 10 candidates
Invitation or ranking in competition Department of Design Jan 2019

Teachers' cultural event, 1st prize in ceramics, Finlandia Hall, Helsinki

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Design Jan 1992

Lappeenranta 1st International Ceramic Competition, Craftmuseum of Lappeenranta, Honourable Mention

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Design Jan 2000

Suomen kirjataiteen toimikunta, doctoral dissertation awarded in the non-fiction category

Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Design Jan 2004

Research groups

  • Empirica


Obstacles, Solutions and Creative Agencies: How Forces and Agencies Shape the Learning Process of Weaving

Bilge Aktas, Anniliina Omwami, Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, Maarit Mäkelä 2023 The Design Journal

From an Embodied Understanding to Ethical Considerations during Creative Practice

Priska Falin, Petra Falin, Maarit Mäkelä 2023 FormAkademisk

Sensing the Rhythm: Analysing human and non-human movement in a glassblowing process

Kati Sara Sanelma Hulkkonen, Miia Lötjönen, Maarit Mäkelä 2023 FormAkademisk

The possibilities of geopolymers for greener studio ceramics

Johannes Kaarakainen, Priska Falin, Luis Huaman, Maarit Mäkelä, Nathalie Lautenbacher 2023 Proceedings of Nordes 2023: This Space Intentionally Left Blank

Material-led creative processes in the context of design education

Tarja-Kaarina Laamanen, Maarit Mäkelä, Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen 2023 Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education

Maayhteisöja rakentamassa/purkamassa Nuutajärven lasikylässä: Lasin jäljet -näyttely

Riikka Latva-Somppi, Maarit Mäkelä, Tzuyu Chen, Åsa Ståhl, Kristina Lindström 2023

Unfolding Sense of Water: Conceptual framework to explore caring for water

Katriina Soini, Juha Hiedanpää, Riikka Latva-Somppi, Himansu Mishra, Maarit Mäkelä, Taru Peltola, Mia Pihlajamäki, Kati Pitkänen, Matti Salo, Kristiina Svels 2023