Organic Expressions

At The Ode To we are always curious to learn more about creativity and artistry, so we asked Piia Jalkanen to tell us a little bit about her life, her art and her sources of inspiration.


What do you call your series of artworks?

– I've chosen to call my series of artworks 'Meadow'. The leaves of the piece resemble flower petals or sea shells, both swing in their own meadows, in the wind or in the bed of the waves.

What technique have you used?

– In this work, I use semi-porcelain to build the shape by hand, ensuring that each art piece is completely unique. At work, I use speckled glaze with three different shades.

What inspired you to create the artworks you have made for The Ode To?

– My old works, where I tested different techniques for working with clay, accidentally evolved into shapes reminiscent of flower petals. These reliefs, born at the same time, encapsulate that evolution.

Can you tell us about your background and how you came to be an artist?

– I previously worked in the literature and publishing industry but always aspired to the Art and Crafts domain. My journey led me to graduate from Aalto University with a master's degree in art, focusing more on products, design, and art than spaces.

How would you describe your art and aesthetics in three words?

– Simple, organic, and playful.

What we love about PIIA JALKANEN:

Piia's artistry sings an ode to the organic simplicity found in nature's playful forms. Her unique handcrafted ceramic wall sculptures evoke a serene, yet whimsical essence, inviting viewers into a world where simplicity and charm dance together harmoniously.