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Raija Tuumi (1923-)
Art ceramist

Raija 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 form 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.

Represented: Arabia Museum Helsinki, in Stedlijk Museum Amsterdam, Trondheim Industrial Art Museum, etc. Exhibitions: in Finland and Europe, USA and Canada, including Milan Triannale's 1951-60

af Segerstrand: Modern Finnish 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 1950-1954, 1962

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