As an artist, my goal is to encapsulate the movement and rhythm of the melted glass forever inside my pieces. Glass sculptures are hard, motionless forms, but within their flowering gardens, hair flows in the breeze and gentle rains moisten the ground.
As an artist, I need to be able to control the movement and convince the glass to do as I want. Though the sculptures solidify when they cool, I want the light within them to move and for the glass to forever preserve the rhythm it gained when it was heated. Creating high-quality, unique glass sculptures is slow and hard work and it requires the seamless cooperation of many highly-skilled professionals.
In Murano there is a long and strong all-round tradition of high-quality art glass. You don’t just learn to become a master craftsman; you are born one. The most demanding skills are still passed down from fathers to sons in families.
In Murano, Italy, Ritva-Liisa Pohjalainen co-operates with maestro Pino Signoretto. Maestros Mariano Moro and Christiano Toso from Ars Murano Glass Factory, work on the glassblowing of large multilayer sculptures. Ms. Amber Hauch, an American glassblower, who has lived and worked in Murano over 20 years, has been a valuable associate as well.
In the technical preparation of the works Pohjalainen has the role of composer and conductor. She creates the goal and helps everyone to advance purposefully towards that goal. However, at the same time she is one member of the work team. “I don’t want to take all the credit for the final result”. At the glass workshop, the team is like a family.”, Ritva-Liisa says. She has worked with glass in co-operation with Nuutajärvi top glassblowers since 2008. The members of the Nuutajärvi team are:
Alma Jantunen, glassblower
Johannes Rantasalo, glassblower
Matti Vilppula, glassblower
Heikki Viinikainen, polishing of the glass sculptures