Kati Tuominen Niittylä

Inverno II



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Born in 1947, Helsinki.

She studied at the University of Art and Design Helsinki and has held a studio at the Arabia factory since 1980, where she works as an artist and designer.
Her unique pieces are objects almost without exceptions. They are memories, observations as well as sentiments. She preserved the figure of a vessel, although the feelings come from nature. She likes the minimalistic structure on the surface of the works and the form languages with small gestures create a quiet whole.
Since the firing of clay has long and strong traditions, she wants to bring her works to this day side by side with modern materials and as part of modern architecture and interior design preserving their ceramic nature. Together with her husband she practice the art of Japanese archery (kyudo). She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Finland and Europe as well as America, Japan and Korea. Her minimalistic and timeless language of forms appears in several serial production products and unique art works.
One of the latest Arabia’s success story – the KoKo series – is a result of Kati’s and Kristina Riska’s creative co-operation. Kati has received the Grand Prix, honorary mention and the Gold Medal in Mino, Japan. For Kati, a common thread in all her work is simplicity.
The forms she uses are inspired by the archetypal shapes of buckets, sieves, bowls and baskets still found on some farms, with solid, flat, bottoms and rounded handles. Her high-fired, often coarse stoneware clay, either thrown or hand-built, appears almost geological. And yet the surfaces, patinated with colouring oxides or carved with tools, revel in a sophisticated interplay of colours and textures.

Kati Tuominen Niityylä Portrait



Collect, International Art Fair, Officine Saffi Gallery, London, United Kingdom

SOFA CHICAGO, Art Fair, Officine Saffi Gallery, Chicago, USA
Collect, International Art Fair, Officine Saffi Gallery, London, United Kingdom

SOFA CHICAGO, Art Fair, Officine Saffi Gallery, Chicago, USA
Pyhaniemi summer exhibition, Lahti, Finland
Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Korea

Arabia’s 9th floor, Gallery Arabia, Helsinki, Finland
MIC, Helsinki Fat Clay, Faenza, Italy
Gallerie Officine Saffi, Helsinki Fat Clay, Milan, Italy
Flow Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Gallery Angelo, Pori, Finland
Helsinki Art Fair, Helsinki, Finland

Galerie Marianne Heller, Heidelberg, Germany
Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany

Signals, Gallery Flow, London, United Kingdom
Gallery Besson, London, United Kingdom
Danske Keramisk Museum, Mitterfart, Denmark

Collect Art Fair, Flow Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Gallery Oljemark, Helsinki, Finland
Art Fair, Wanha Satama, Helsinki, Finland

Gallery Goed Werk, Zulte, Belgium
The Intern. Art + Design Fair, New York, USA

Collect Art Fair, Flow Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Septaria Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
The Intern. Art + Design Fair, New York, USA
Fiskars, Finland
Forum Box, Helsinki, Finland

Scandinavian Stylish Design: Arabia Ware in Finland, The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shigaraki, Japan

A Touch of Finland, Flow-Gallery, London & Antrim, Northern Ireland
Ceramics 2004, European Ceramics, Fiskars, Finland
Syvällä Savessa, Finnish Handicraft Museum, Jyväskylä, Finland
Gallery Philippe Denys, Brussels, Belgium

Retro, Fiskars, Finland

Kosketuskohta, Gallery Laterna Magica, Helsinki, Finland

Arabia artists in Retretti, Retretti Art Center, Punkaharju, Finland
Keramik, Höganäs Museum, Sweden
Finnish Glass Lives 4, Glass Museum of Finland, Riihimäki, Finland
Gallery Norby, Copenhagen, Denmark
Viewpoints II, Arabia Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
Galleri Norby, Copenhagen, Denmark
10 from Finland, Gallery Mokkumto, Seoul, Korea


Gallery Inger Molin, Stockholm, Sweden

Kaj Franck-prize exhibition, Gallery Modus, Tampere, Finland

Kaj Franck-prize exhibition, Design Forum, Helsinki, Finland

Shadows, Alvar Aalto Museum Gallery, Jyväskylä, Finland
Gallery Inger Molin, Stockholm, Sweden

Angle of Vision II, Arabia Museum Gallery, Helsinki, Finland


A Thing Of Beauty Officine Saffi

A thing of beauty

Rose Cabat, Hans Coper, Keiji Ito, Yasuhisa Kohyama, Kazuhito Nagasawa, Lucie Rie, Päivi Rintaniemi, Shingo Takeuchi, Kati Tuominen-Niittylä, Nanni Valentini, Carlo Zauli

From 22 May 2019 to 28 September 2019

3 Officine Saffi  Morfologie Delle Meraviglie

Morfologia delle Meraviglie

Morten Løbner Espersen, Paolo Gonzato, Kiasmo + Antonio Marras, Torbjørn Kvasbø, Loredana Longo, Shozo Michikawa, Johannes Nagel, Irina Razumovskaya, Alessandro Roma, Anders Herwald Ruhwald, Kati Tuominen-Niittylä

From 21 July 2019 to 18 August 2019

Kati Tuominen Def


Kuvia, Immagini

From 30 March 2016 to 27 May 2016

Contemporary Ceramic Art.Bassa

Contemporary Ceramics

From 18 November 2015 to 5 January 2016

Helsinki Fat Clay

Helsinki Fat Clay in Milan

From 4 October 2012 to 15 November 2012