Tell us about yourself!
My name is Sini Majuri and I live and work in Helsinki, Finland. I got obsessed with glass when I saw a sculpture by iconic Finnish designer Oiva Toikka in 2008. My video art installation was in the same space next to it - and it was love at first sight. After my art & design studies in Aalto University, I have been approaching the material from the viewpoint of Scandinavian tradition, combining it to modern 3D-design.
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
Glass is one of the key technologies that modern science has evolved from – through the invention of the lens. It is a medium that can be serene and wild at the same time. It bends light and has interesting optical properties. So, when I’m working with glass, I have a sexy material that is like no other.
Many of my sculptural works are surreal narratives inside thick glass and have hidden details in them that can only be seen from an exact angle. It’s like solving a riddle. In this kind of sculptures, glass is actually a perfect medium for creating something poetic in a three-dimensional way.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
In 2018 my glass vase collection Jungle was launched by DutZ Collection and exhibited in design fairs around Europe and China. The idea in the 500-piece limited edition series was that the vases are more than mere interior design objects. Each hand shaped piece has a unique character - the soul of the object. I also wanted to work with extremely thick glass that makes the pieces look weightless. In 2019 I will introduce new models of the Jungle collection that are created with traditional steam stick technique.
What is your dream project?
I love to mix glass with science and technology. Doing something with NASA would be cool. So, if they are planning to blow glass in zero gravity any time soon, just give me a call!
If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
Before I became a glass designer I was creating unique wedding dresses and sculptural fashion pieces. I actually still combine fashion with glass and many of the silk screening techniques I have used with my cloth pieces have evolved into glass. At the moment, I’m designing a piece that has leather and silk in it.
What's something about you that most people don't know?
In the past I lived on the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi. On winter nights I walked to the middle of the icy river to see Northern lights. Watching the Aurora Borealis dance in the silence of complete darkness is magical.
Why are you a member of GAS?
It’s a great platform for glass people to connect and see what’s happening all around the World!
To learn more about Sini, go to her GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE
Or, her personal website HERE
On Instagram @sini_majuri
PHOTO: Jungle Blue Green series