Leena Hyttinen studio portrait

I’m a glass and ceramic designer and artist working and living in Tampere, Finland. I have a curious mind and an innate desire to learn new things. Working with ceramics and glass is perfect for me, as one is never ready with them – there are always new ways of making, new forms, and new glazes and surface techniques to try.

Exploring and interpreting the world through my hands.

What I do

I work mainly with ceramics, making small batches of functional ware either by casting or by hand-building, as well as one-off decorative and sculptural works. During the past two years I have exhibited my art in group and collaborative exhibitions in Finland, and worked on commissioned functional ware and jewellery projects with clients. I’ve been also collaborating with artisan glassblowers with my vaseware designs.

I’m inclined towards intuitive, slow, and introspective ways of working, embracing accidents and happenstance. Recently, I’ve been interested in testing various material and colour combinations, and playing with the idea of links and bonds, both figuratively and in construction. In my most recent works I have combined various fiber materials with ceramics. Often, one can see visual cues of nature or landscape in my works.

Education & studies

2019 – BA in Glass and Ceramic Design, Häme University of Applied Sciences
2018 – Basic studies in Fine Arts, University of Lapland Open University
2017 – Clay 3D Printing – Presence and Possibilities, Tallinn Summer Academy
2015 – Vocational Degree in Layout Design, Tampere College Tredu
2007 – MA in Translation Studies (English), Tampere Universit


2022/2023 – Upcoming: Finnish Spirit – Identity, Lapinlahden Lähde, Helsinki
2022 –
 Upcoming: Dikotomia, Gallery Höyry, Korpilahti, with Anna-Kaisa Haanaho
2022 – Upcoming: Ceramics pop-up, Gallery Kalleria, Helsinki
2022 – Sidoksia solo exhibition, Galleria 5, Oulu
2022 – Käden jatke, Finlayson, Tampere
2022 – Paljain silmin – With the Naked Eye, Voipaalan taidekeskus, Valkeakoski
2022 – Kainuun kaoliini, Galleria Mineraali, Puolanka
2020/2021 — Cluster Crafts, London, online exhibition + book publication
2020 – Paljain silmin – With the Naked Eye, HAA Gallery, Helsinki
2019 – Hetket, Gallery Rajatila, Tampere
2019 – Kukin ja kasvoin, Gallery Mursu, Lahti
2018 – Ruukkupuutarha installation and one-day workshop with Anne Kuntola, Finlayson Art Area, Tampere/

Grants & awards

2022 – Taike Häme, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, expenses grant for a two-person group
2021 – Finnish Cultural Foundation, 1-year working grant
2020 – Taike, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, COVID-19 support
2020 – Taike, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, for studio equipment
2018 – City of Tampere, team grant for installation expense


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Selected work experience

2017 – Arctic Ceramic Centre, 9th ACC symposium
2015 – Assistant for Heini Riitahuhta

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