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"Heiniä kainalossa" bowl, Kaija Aarikka (Humppila, 1970s.)

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    Posted 9 years ago

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    This bowl has been in the family from the 1970s, when my father got it as a Chtistmas present from some patient...

    I have to confess I found out who the designer was, but didn't keep the data properly and I have to start looking for it.

    I am pretty sure it is from Humppila and it's not from Pertti Santalahti...

    I hope someone can help!

    - - - - -

    Ok, mistery solved!!! I also asked for identification on this item at the Finnish glass lovers group at FB... and got an answer within 10 minutes!

    The bowl was designed by Kaija Aarikka fro Humppila.

    According to Wikipedia:
    "Helena Kaija Aarikka Ruokonen (born February 3, 19xx -I am a gentleman-) is a Finnish designer and entrepreneur. Established in 1954 Aarikka Ltd's artistic director since 1954 worked to combine Aarikka, designed by jewelery, toys and household use and ornamental objects play of the mind and a strong sense of the shape of the tree skillful and versatile use."

    By the way, "Heiniä kainalossa" translates as "hay under his arm"... it sounds pretty poetic! In any case the bowl looks like a bundle of hay!!

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    1. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      I just changed the text in this entry... amazing I could identify it within such a short time!!!
    2. GlasswareGuy GlasswareGuy, 9 years ago
      how big is it? it looks enormous!
    3. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      I think it's about 24 cm high... I'll confirm this next week (this one's not catalogued yet), but I've just seen simmilar ones standing 17 and 10 cm. tall
    4. vlkma238412 vlkma238412, 9 years ago
      lovely object great shape and texture
    5. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      Thanks vlkma! It really is special. It's one of the first Finnish glass iems I ever saw :)
    6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      So this is the lady who works in wood too!


      And then there are the candlesticks ..........

    7. cobaltcobold cobaltcobold, 9 years ago
      Beautiful pictures! And good that you present it here, not only on FB. Thanks for the informations about Kaija Aarikka, first time I here her name.
    8. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      @vet. It's amazing the great designs she can make departing from the most simple of shapes and materials. That wooden jewelery is so beautiful! I guess the kind of stuff I'd wear was i a woman... :)

      Thanks bellin and cobalt.

      By the way, cobalt, thanks for the compliments on the pictures. I have to say this one has always been an "easy model"... just a little light from the background will make all the decoration outstand from the glass walls!

    9. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      I have to say this is quite a special item for me, as it's the ones with the most family memories. I don't know why my mother never used it, probably because having four kids in the house she thought she'd rather keep it in a high, hidden place for us not to break it, but everytime I had to pick up the Christmas decorations I liked to take a look at it! Then mi sister took it with her when she moved to her own place... she used it to hold a plant pot with one of those plants that needs lots of water. When i started collecting glass I "let her knew" it would look great with the rest of the stuff... wow, she gave it to me at once! :)
    10. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      By the way, the name translates more like "Hay in armpit" and it comes from a Finnish expression. "when you work hard at a hay field and then you go to sleep and you feel like you have hay dust everywhere .... or if you just have been picking hay and carrying it" :) .

      Thanks to Heidi for this explanation!!!
    11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      The design seems to really work on this form rather than the plates.
      The curves suit her aesthetic.
      Those beads she does are just magic!
      The candlesticks are amazing!
    12. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      I totally agree with you, vet!!! :)
    13. cobaltcobold cobaltcobold, 9 years ago
      We all should learn Finnish!
    14. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      I tried and believe me, it's awfully difficult!!! So far I search interesting glass pieces in Finnish but... that's all!!! :)
    15. SEAN68 SEAN68, 8 years ago
      stunning and very beautiful and it has a great organic shape as well :)
    16. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      It's funny how she made this amazing organic designs and then, when she created her own company, she made everything departing from simple geometric shapes. My guess is that she sort of designed this, and your plate, under the influence of Wirkkala's work. This kind of organic frosted glass was the big trend around 1968 (when Ultima Thule was created) and it lasted for quite a few years.
    17. SEAN68 SEAN68, 8 years ago
      I believe she did or was under Tapios influence of design as well !!! it was very popular , that ice llok and design back then , and I love that look.

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