Karin Widnäs
STUDIO CERAMICS MUSEUM AND GALLERY
Karin Widnäs
Karin Widnäs

KWUM

 

IN the Korean language the word KWUM means dream – in Fiskars it means Karin Widnäs’ museum. The idea of a ceramics museum had a long gestation period, but once the project got under way the over 300 square meter building has been completed in just a few years. The architecture combines timber and ceramics elements and indeed can be seen as a blueprint of how to do so. The architect is Tuomo Siitonen who designed Studio Widnäs, the artist’s combined home, workshop and gallery. 

 

Sources for inspiration for Karin Widnäs have been: her teacher, the pioneer of Finnish ceramic art professor Kyllikki Salmenhaara; her exposure to the ceramic art traditions of Korea whilst travelling in that country; and the stimulating company of the handcrafts, arts and design collective in Fiskars. Another strong motivating factor has been the need to defend the position of ceramic art in Finland, to pass on the knowledge of the discipline’s materials and techniques gathered over generations but increasingly neglected in current art education. 

 

Besides the permanent collection, which largely comprise Karin Widnäs’ own collections, the museum will feature changing exhibitions of both domestic and foreign ceramic pieces.

KARIN WIDNÄS

 

EDUCATION

• 1970–1976 University of Art and Design
• 1977 Master degree in enamel painting

 

STUDIO 

• 1978–1994 Helsinki
• 1994– Fiskars 

 

TEACHING

• 1974– Helsingfors Arbis
• 1992–2002 PKI i Lidköping
• 1994 Ewha Womens University, Seoul 

 

MEMBERSHIP 

• 1976– Ornamo
• 1997– Onoma
• 2008– IAC, International Academy of Ceramics
• 2013– Taiteilijat O
• 2018 Onoma honorary member 

 

AWARDS

• 2008 Stora kulturpriset, Svenska kulturfonden
• 2017 Pro Finlandia Public and private commissions
• 2011 Kimono, Turku
• 2015 Kauniita sanoja – Helsinki 

 

EXHIBITIONS

• 1980– Finland
• 1987– Australia, Egypt, Europe, Japan, Korea, Scandinavia, USA, Venezuela