• Sini Majuri | Graals | September10-16


    In this class, students will learn the graal technique. Using imagery from a memory or dream, students will learn various imagery techniques that will help them transfer their memories onto glass, that they then will transform into a blown form in the hot shop.

    Graals are a 2-step glassblowing project. First, students make blanks or thick walled bubbles. After they anneal, various grinding and enameling is applied to the surface of the blank to give it its imagery. Then, these now finished blanks, are brought back up to temperature in a pick-up oven, where they can be blown out and shaped into a final form.

    Class meets September 10-16th. We hope to make this class accessible with school and work schedules, therefore class will not take place during the day Monday-Friday, instead it will run in the evenings and on the weekend.

    Class will be 8 hours on Sunday the 10th and 8 hours on Saturday the 16th. During the week(11-15), class will be 4 hours a night, from 6pm-10pm. Please read our cancellation policy.

    Due to the usage of the hot shop and mold making materials, this class has an additional $200 Studio Fee.


    Sini Majuri | Graals | September10-16

    Students need: 

    – A story, memory, dream or a picture that they would like to capture inside the glass

    – Contact plastic, scissors, paper knifes, pens, paper

    – Glass colors, 2 or more, with good contrast (for example black & white), at least one powder color

    – Deep plate or bowl for water

    – Respirator (heavy one for sand blasting and a light one for coldworking), safety glasses, plastic gloves

    – Transfer images, for high fire temperature 800 – 1000 celcius

    – Diamond engravers (for example Dremel) with small tip

    Artist statement

    In my artistic work I’m aiming to capture dreamlike visions inside the glass. Mixing up the places, atmospheres and memories is how the dreams are build up. When the images are drowned inside the glass they will never change colour or fade away. They have the potential to last for thousands of years. Therefore I want to capture something valuable and beautiful inside the glass.

    As an artist I see myself as a storyteller. It’s my passion to bend the glass material in new ways to reflect something unseen. Lately I have been mixing up 100 years old techniques with 3D design.

    The reason why I’m working with glass is because it’s a rare and magical medium. It reflects the world around it, bends light and has interesting optic properties. When I’m blowing glass the material is alive until it is frozen into it’s final shape. In a way it is like a wild animal that you need to tame. The sense of magic that it has makes it a perfect medium for creating solid dreams.

    When I’m preparing an artwork I’m trying to catch a dream inside the glass. Many of my sculptures can be seen as cartoons or fairytales. The process is like a puzzle that starts from sketching the idea and collecting interesting details from the world around me.

    You also need to think three dimensionally and think how the different layers look when they are nested on top of each other. There are 3 to 6 image layers in my recent works and the most complicated ones can take a year to finish. As my creative process gained length, I have been getting closer to each creation. They have more hidden levels in them, such as messages and illustrations that can only be seen from the exact angle and in certain light. I hope that the works make the gaze wander, and get lost into the works.

    My most recent works are about a woman that realizes that she is dreaming and don’t want to wake up. Each sculpture is a scene from the story and together the pieces make a narrative that continues from sculpture to sculpture. Multiple image layers create surreal and dreamlike visuality in the works. The thick and heavy glass gives interesting optical properties to the dream scenes as the illustrations seem to move and distord as they are observed from different angles: Face of a woman looks sad when looked from above and angry when looked from behind. You can also see under and behind the image layers, there might be something hidden behind a window or deep into the woods in a thick forest.

    About the Artist

    Sini Majuri is a glass artist from Finland. She combines 3D-design with old glass blowing techniques. Many of her works are surrealistic stories captured inside blown glass. In 2016 Majuri represents Finland in European Glass Festival held in European Capital Of Culture 2016, Wroclaw. She has participated in approximately 30 exhibitions in Canada, China, the Europe, and USA.

    Majuri’s works have been published in many international contemporary art magazines, such as: Urban Glass, USA; Glass Art Magazine, USA; and Designboom, Italy. She has received a number of awards, including: Taos Glass Art – Taos Art Glass Invitational, New Mexico, USA, 2014; A-Design Awards, Venice, 2016 and Hempel Awards China Fashion Week. Her works can be found in public collections, including: the Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki; University of Helsinki, Helsinki; DAFA, New Mexico. She lives and works in Helsinki.

    See Sini’s work at her solo exhibition at Glass Axis’s Kennedy Galleries September 8th- October 28th. The opening reception for her exhibition, “Kalevala: Dreams Drowned in Glass” will take place on Friday September 8th from 6-8pm. Meet the artist as well as hear about her work in a short artist talk, that will take place during the evening.




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