23-24 AUGUST 2023

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Raaka Rå tableware for homes and restaurants

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Raaka Rå = ceramic artist Leena Kouhia
Leena Kouhia is a Finnish ceramic artist whose long career includes working as a visual designer in the media and film industries. Kouhia is an open-minded designer and artist known for walking her own path.

In her hands, clay transforms into ceramic art and functional objects. One of her most famous works, her Raaka Rå tableware collection from 2014, has a primitive, organic, even rough design language that has attracted attention in Finland and internationally. Kouhia makes each piece of her distinctive tableware individually. As a result, every object has its unique traits: the details of the glazing, the weight and the feel are different every time.

New art project with illustrator Reka Kiraly has taken her routes to big painted ceramics, which can be seen at the Raaka Rå pottery studio during the first Helsinki Design 2022.

Kouhia holds a Master’s degree and a vocational qualification in ceramic artisanry. Kouhia’s work 100 seinäruusua (“100 wallflowers”), is part of the collections of the Finnish State Art Commission and permanently exhibited at the Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.

“The design language of Raaka Rå was originally inspired by primitive ceramics, and I created my very first rough pieces of tableware as a hobby. When I shared photos of these in my social media, people asked me to make tableware for them, too. I soon found myself in a new profession. I was a busy ceramic artist with my own workshop and brand.”

Raaka Rå studio-shop / ceramic artist Leena Kouhia
Iso Roobertinkatu 41 00120 Helsinki, Finland
tel: +358-41-5292 336
email: lkouhia@welho.com

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