Tuumi trained at College of Industrial Art, Helsinki under Elsa
Elenius. She started at Arabia Art Department in 1950 and worked there
until 1974. Raija Tuumi worked mostly with heavy simply-thrown forms in
stoneware and chamotte, in which the traces of throwning remain in the
coarse outer surface. Her glazes also are crude and uneven, and because
of this individual and interesting.
The complete simplicity of
characteristic of her bowls and dishes gives her products strenght and
endows them with an original charm, such as is often to be typical of
Finnish pottery. After leaving Arabia, Tuumi worked for a few years for
her own Studio Jousapot.
Stedlijk Museum Amsterdam, Trondheim Industrial Art Museum, etc.
Exhibitions: in Finland and Europe, USA and Canada, including Milan
Design; Kumela-Paatero-Rissanen: Arabia; Erik Zahle: A treasure of
Scandinavian Design; Arabia's 100 years publication 1973; Donald J.
Willcox: New design in Ceramics; The Ornamo year book of Finnish Design