Maarit Mäkelä

Professori (Associate professor)
Professori (Associate professor)
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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Areas of expertise

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

Honors and awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whitegold International Ceramic Prize

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

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

Research groups

  • Empirica


In dialogue with the environment: The environment, creativity, materials and making

Maarit Mäkelä, Bilge Merve Aktaş 2022 Craft Research

Physiological measurements and emotional experiences of drawing and clay forming

Mimmu Rankanen, Marianne Leinikka, Camilla Groth, Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, Maarit Mäkelä, Minna Huotilainen 2022 ARTS IN PSYCHOTHERAPY

Practitioners’ Experience in Clay 3D Printing: Metaphorical viewing for gaining embodied understanding

Priska Falin, Nur Horsanali, Flemming Tvede Hansen, Maarit Mäkelä 2021 Proceedings of BICCS 2021 - Biennial International Conference for the Craft Sciences. Special Issue


Riikka Latva-Somppi, Maarit Mäkelä, Özgü Gündeşlioğlu, Catharina Kajander, Nathalie Lautenbacher, Priska Falin, Helen Felcey, Veera Kulju, Piia Lieste, Matias Karsikas, Tiia Matikainen, Meri Oivo, Matteo Pennacchio, Maria Punkkinen, Outi Savolainen, Caroline Slotte, Katie Spragg, Irma Weckman 2021

Kantava maa (curator)

Nathalie Lautenbacher, Maarit Mäkelä, Outi Turpeinen, Tuuli Saarelainen, Ariane Relander, Piia Jalkanen, Annika Leppäaho 2021

Kantava maa (artist)

Maarit Mäkelä 2021

On the Edge (Artist)

Maarit Mäkelä 2021

Moments of Entanglement

Luis Vega, Maarit Mäkelä, Tzuyu Chen, Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen 2021 FormAkademisk

Entangled Materialities

Riikka Latva-Somppi, Maarit Mäkelä, Kristina Lindström, Åsa Ståhl 2021 FormAkademisk

Maan ja ihmisen dialogi

Maarit Mäkelä 2020 Kantava maa