Welcome to the exhibition Fire and Clay. The art of soft pottery in Oaxaca, Mexico!
This exhibition shows the authentic handi-craft ceramics from Oaxaca area of Mexico.
Harni-Takahashi Ltd. has been a coordinator and supporter of this exhibition bringing it from Mexico to Finland.
This exhibition also includes some of the six workshops we have been leading in Mexico in order to support the local artisans to learn and apply design methods to their production without breaking down their tradition, in other words, evolutional way. The workshops were taken place in 2008 and 2014, together with our friends Kythzia Barrera and Diego Mier y Terán/ Innovando la tradición.
Gallery Arabia: Fire and Clay The art of soft pottery in Oaxaca, Mexico
30 Oct 2015- 22 Jan 2016
The exhibition consists of two sections. Fire and Clay. The art of soft pottery in Oaxaca, Mexico and Atzompa 3500+. Object time-line. The exhibition is a part of the Mexican Cultural Month in Finland.
Fire and Clay is composed of traditional indigenous pottery from over 60 pottery villages, the fruit of 20 years of exploration in rural Oaxaca in Mexico.
In an unbroken lineage over the last four millennia, potters in the villages of Southern Mexico have created functional pottery with only clay, water, fire, and their skilled hands.
Fire and Clay is composed of pottery from over 60 pottery villages, the fruit of 20 years of exploration in rural Oaxaca. It is the first of its kind, presented now so that we may open our eyes to the subtle, deep beauty of this rustic, sophisticated, complex and simple pottery.
Atzompa 3500+. Object time-line, shows the results of a series of experimental workshops in the village of Santa María Atzompa, Oaxaca, Mexico.
The workshops took place from September 2013 to March 2014 in the village of Santa María Atzompa, Oaxaca, organized by Innovando la Tradición a.c. Some of the workshops includes the Finnish Foreign Ministry’s contribution to their research and development activities and the result of the series of experimental workshops lead by Pekka Harni and Yuka Takahashi in collaboration with Innovando la Tradición a.c.
Innovando la Tradición a.c. is a Mexican NGO founded by Kythzia Barrera and Diego Mier y Terán, a multidisciplinary non-profit and a creative platform where artisans, designers and artists share skills, knowledge and stories to rethink and honour the ceramic traditions of Oaxaca. They offer services for potters and pottery communities in Oaxaca to support the resilience of their trade.
Address: Gallery Arabia
Hämeentie 135, 9th Floor, 00560 Helsinki
(Please use a lift going up to 9th floor, next to the Arabia Factory outlet shop.)
tel. +358 20 439 5357
Opening hours: 30 Oct 2015- 22 Jan 2016
Design museum, Arabia Gallery