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Markku Salo




Markku Salo combines his career as industrial designer with working as an independent glass artist. Both the production work and the art he creates are important to him and he enjoys the contrasting environments of each.


The imagination of Salo is vivid; his ideas are endlessly playful and the child in him is often at the forefront of his work. Sometimes the humour makes one laugh out loud, but usually it amounts to good-natured fun, both in his ideas and in the choice of the materials he combines. The ideas are simple and clear, making his glass an enjoyable experience. He says “Glass is really not that serious. It is a very fast material. In just a few minutes you can materialize an idea and see if it turns out the way you want it to. Also, glass in itself is vivid, since it is always at play with light, looking different all the time.”


Salo´s work is very varied and he has not stuck to one technical process. In the artistic work his tendency in recent years has been to make work that covers a significant area, and it is not unusual for a piece to be 4 metres high or wide.


Markku Salo is living and working in the glass village of Nuutajärvi in Finland since 1983.


Text by Dan Klein




Jukka Isotalo

Born 1954, Nokia, Finland





The University of Art and Design / Industrial Design, Helsinki


Kankaanpää Art School




Freelancer -work:



Lundia Oy, glasscollection



Tavastia Further Education College, teacher


2000 – 2004

Wetterhoff school of the University of Applied Sciences (HAMK), teacher



Aarikka Oy


1992 -

Iittala Group


1982 - 83, -91, -96 - 99

The University of Art and Design Arts, teacher


1979 - 80

Ergonomia Design, industrial design



Destem Oy, industrial design



SLO Group, light fitting design


Full-time work:


1991 -

Muotohuone Oy, entrepreneur, glassdesign and graphic design


1983 - 91

Wärtsilä Nuutajärven lasi, later Hackman Oy Ab Nuutajärven Lasi (today Iittala Group), glassware and tableware design, unique glass works, exhibition design, graphic design


1979 - 83

Salora Oy, head of Design Department

1981 - 83, electronic product design





Tampere Artists Association

2008 -

Arkadia Society

2007 -

Nuutajärvi Gallery Cooperative

2003 -

Lasikomppania (Glasscompany)

2001 -

Modus, The Assosiation of the Pirkanmaa-county Designers

1980 -

Ornamo, The Assosiation of the Finnish Designers


Grants and Awards


2013 Public Display Grant to Visual Artists

2012 Finnish Cultural Foundation Pirkanmaa, scholarship

2011 National Council for Design, scholarship

2010 Frame, Finnish Fund for Art Exchange, scholarship

2010 Arts Council of Pirkanmaa, scholarship

2010 Arts Council of Finland, scholarship

2008 Art Prize, The Arts Council of Pirkanmaa

2008 Public Display Grant to Visual Artists

2007 Arlaux Design Trophy

2006 National Council for Design, scholarship

2005 Finnish Cultural Foundation 3-year scholarship

2004 The Arts Council of Finland for Design, exhibition support

2004 The Arts Council of Finland, travel grant

2004 Finnish-Danish Cultural Foundation scholarship

2002 Finnish Cultural Foundation scholarship

2001 Swedish-Finnish Cultural Foundation scholarship

2001 Public Display Grant to Visual Artists

2000 Arts Council of Pirkanmaa, scholarship

2000 The Alfred Kordelin Foundation, scholarship

2000 Swedish-Finnish Cultural Foundation scholarship

1999 Pro Finnish Design 1999 -Honorary Prize

1998 Public Display Grant to Visual Artists

1998 The Applied Arts Council of Finland scholarship

1997 Arts Council of Häme County, scholarship

1992 A 5-year State Grant for Artists

1990 The Georg Jensen prize, Danmark

1989 The State of Finland award for Instustrial and Applied Arts

1983 Shared first prize in Wärtsilä Co. 150 anniversary design competition

1981 First prize in the Philips luminaire design competition

1976 A special prize in the Scan Design ´76 competition

1973 The Tapio Mikkola scholarship


Solo Exhibitions


2011 Castillo Santa Catalina, Gadiz, Spain

2011 Gallery Uusitalo, Helsinki, Finland

2011 Centro de Artesania e Diseño, Lugo, Spain

2010 Fundación Centro Nacional del Vidrio, La Granja, Spain

2010 Museo de Arte en Vidrio del Alcorcón MAVA, Madrid, Spain

2009 Museo de Arte en Vidrio del Alcorcón MAVA, Madrid, Spain

2009 Gallery Clara Scremini, Paris, France

2009 Finland´s Madrid Institute, Madrid, Spain

2008 Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland

2007 Gallery Uusitalo, Helsinki, Finland

2007 Gallery Täky, Lappeenranta, Finland

2005 Gallery Uusitalo, Helsinki, Finland

2004 Beeldend Glas/Visual Glass, Culture Centre Knokke-Heist, Belgium

2004 Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark

2003 Gallery Uusitalo, Helsinki, Finland

2001 Gallery Uusitalo, Helsinki, Finland

2001 Gallery De Creszenzo & Viesti, Rome, Italy

2000 Gallery blås&knåda, Stockholm, Sweden

1999 Gallery Uusitalo, Helsinki, Finland

1998 Art Centre Retretti, Punkaharju, Finland

1998 Arabia Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

1997 Gallery Mokkumto, Seoul, South Korea

1996 Gallery Johan S., Helsinki, Finland

1996 Gallery AXL, Oulu, Finland

1995 Gallerie Birgitte Kürzendörfer, Pilsach, Germany

1995 Gallerie Roten Turm, Sommerhausen, Germany

1994 County Museum, Vänersborg, Sweden

1992 The Oslo Museum of Applied Arts, Oslo, Norway

1991 Gallery Bellarte, Helsinki, Finland

1991 Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland

1991 Centro Nacional del Vidrio, La Granja, Spain

1990 Gallery Bellarte, Turku, Finland

1989 INART-Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1988 Arabia-Esplanadi, Helsinki, Finland

1987 Gallery Bronda, Helsinki, Finland


Other Art Projects



Human Interface, stage setting of a danceproduct, Kaapeli, Helsinki


Degrees of Freedom, installation, Espan lava, Helsinki


Group Exhibitions

Numerous group exhibitions since 1973

The most important:


Unelmia ja elämyksiä, 2014, Gallery Uusitalo, Inkoo

Ajatus lentää luonnosta, 2014, Gallery Uusitalo, Inkoo

Blurred Lines, 2014, Fiskars

Hulluus ja hurmio, 2014, Nuutajärvi Glass Village

Nuutajärvi - A never-ending Story, 2014, Finnish Glassmuseum

Camera and Quartzy sand, 2014, Gallery Gumbostrand, Sipoo, Finland

Aurora – Contemporary Nordic Glass Art, 2014, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

Nordic Glass, 2013, The Glass Factory, Sweden

Jubilee. Arabia`s and Nuutajärvi`s artists, 2013, Nuutajärvi

Food & Art at G.W.Sundmans, spring 2013, Helsinki, Finland

Finnish Design Unwrapped, Milli Reasurans Sanat Gallery, Istanbul Design Bieannial, 2012, Turkey

Gumbostrand Konst & Form, 2012, Söderkulla, Finland

Souffler/Capturer. Verrerie d´art contemporaine et photographie Finlandais, 2012, Paris

Food & Art at G.W.Sundmans, fall 2012, Helsinki

European Glass Context 2012, European Glass Art, Bornholm Art Museum, Denmark

Food & Art, Restaurant G.W.Sundmans, fall 2012, Helsinki, Finland

Puhallus & laukaus, 2012, NuGO, Nuutajärvi, Finland

Metamorfose 12, 2012, Lahti Art Museum, Lahti, Finland

Glass Etc., 2012, Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland

Taste & Form, 2012, Fiskars, Finland

Eunique Arts & Crafts, 2012, Karlsruhe, Germany

What the Helsinki? La Fabrika, 2012, Brussels, Belgium

Food & Art at G.W.Sundmans, spring 2012, Helsinki

Unwrapped – Contemporary Finnish Design and Photography Exhibition, 2011, Designmuseum, Finland

Unwrapped – Contemporary Finnish Design and Photography Exhibition, 2011, London

Mars Longa, Markku Brevis. Poriginal Gallery, 2011, Pori

Lasikomppania – The Nuutajärvi Glassmakers´Cooperative, The Finnish Glasmuseum, 2011

Collect Art Fair, Gallery Norsu, 2011, London, GB

NYT2011, Contemporary Art at Museum Harkko, 2011, Raisio, Finland

Between Tradition and Future, Ornamo, 2011, South Korea

Billnäs Art Gallery, Gallery Uusitalo, 2011, Billnäs, Finland

In the Landscape of Kaj Franck, NuGO, 2011, Nuutajärvi, Finland

Vimma – Modus 10 years, 2011, Tampere, Finland

Finnish Glass Art 2005-2010, 2011, The touring exhibition by the Finnish Glassmuseum

ArsHäme 10, 2010, Forssa, Finland

Jukebox, NuGO, 2010, Nuutajärvi, Finland

Gallery Uusitalo / Billnäs, 2010, Billnäs

Finnish Glass Lives 6, Finnish Glass Museum, 2010, Riihimäki

Friends & Friends, Design Forum Finland, 2010, Helsinki

Billnäs konstbutik / Gallery Uusitalo, 2009, Billnäs, Finland

Fruit Market, NuGO, 2009, Nuutajärvi, Finland

Pavillon des Arts et du Design, Tuileries Paris, France

NuGO gästar Blås & Knåda, 2009, Stockholm, Sweden

Art 2008, Wanha Satama, 2008, Helsinki, Finland

European Glass Context 2008 –biennial, 2008, Bornholm, Denmark

Sofa Chigago 2008 – The 15th annual international Exposition of Sculpture Objects Functional Art, 2008, Chigago, USA

Design Art London, Gallery Clara Scremini, 2008, London, Great Britain

Suomi&Bruges/Blue&White, Gallery Artonivo, 2008, Brugge, Belgium

NuGO+, Finnish and Swedish glassart, 2008, Nuutajärvi

Glocal Shopper, Design Forum Finland, 2008, Helsinki

Art in Shop, Gallery Uusitalo/Skanno, 2008, Helsinki

Art in Glass, Finnish and Swedish glassart, 2007, Tammisaari, Finland

Birds and other animals, 2007, Nuutajärvi, Finland

Gallery Norsu, Glasscompany, 2006, Helsinki, Finland

Glass, Gallery 5, 2006, Oulu, Finland

L´art du verre finlandais / Finnish Glass Art, 2006 - 2009, touring exhibition The Finnish Glass Museum, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, Latvia, Germany, Slovakia

Global Art Glass, international glasstriennial, 1999, 2002, 2005 Sweden

Steninge World Exhibition of Art Glass 2005, Sweden

Finnish Glass Lives 5, 2005, The Finnish Glass Museum, Finland

Particle Theories. International pâte de verre – exhibition, 2005, Museum of American Glass,

Melville, USA

Oblåst, Sweden, Finland, 2004 and 2005

Material & Message, 2003, Hungary, Finland

Vanguardia en vidrio / Faszination Glas, touring exhibition, The Finnish Glass Museum, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Germany, 2002-2004

Smooth Finnish, 2002, Sunderland, Great Britain, Oslo, Norway

Glassway, 2002, Aosta, Italy

The First Regional Exhibition of Industrial Art and Design in Pirkanmaa, 2000, Finland

Finnish Glass Lives 4, 2000, The Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland

The Nordic Spirit, 2000, Lerchenborg Gods, Sjelland, Denmark

3 + 3 Dimensions, 2000, Applied Arts Museum of Tallin, Estonia + The Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland

Iittala Glass in Hässelby Castle, 2000, Stockholm, Sweden

Glasstreasures, 2000, The Snowcastle of Kemi, Kemi, Finland

Den Nordiske Åre – The Nordic Spirit, 2000, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft and Vestsjaelland Amt, Denmark

GlassFantasy 1999, 2000, Iittala, Finland

Moderne Zeiten, Finnisches Glas 1929 - 1999, 1999 Germany

New Finnish Glass, 1997, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Great Britain

Venezia Aperto Vetro — International New Glass, 1996 and 1998, Venezia, Italy

Finnish Glass Lives 3, 1995, The Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland

Ara-vati/Ara-fat, 1995, Gallery Arabia, Helsinki

Neues Glas in Finland 1995, Germany

Design Finlandais 1995, Nizza, France

2 + 2 is more than 4, 1995, Mauritzberg, Sweden

World Glass Now 1994, Sapporo, Japan

Vidrio Finlandes Contemporaneo, 1991, Centro Nacional del Vidrio, La Granja, Spain

Ålands Konstmuseum, 1991, Marianhamina, Finland

NordForm ´90, 1990, Malmö, Sweden

Finnish Glass lives, 1990, The Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland

Utopies, 1989, Grand Palais, Paris, France

Made in Tavastland, 1989, Stockholm, Sweden

Cold Exhibition, 1988, Sapporo, Japan

Light and Material, 1987, Helsinki, Finland

Young Glass, 1987, Ebeltoft, Denmark

Finnish Glass Lives, 1986, The Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland

The Modern Spirit – Glass from Finland, 1985, Canada, USA, Germany

Finland Gestaltet, 1982, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Germany

Finland Designs, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1985. 1987, 1988, Helsinki

The National Exhibition of Yound Artists, 1974, Helsinki

Yearly Exhibition of Tampereen Taiteilijaseura, 1973, 1974, Tampere

Groupexhibition, Jyränkölä, 1972, Heinola, Finland

Ari Eeva & Markku Salo, 1971, Lokalahti, Finland



The Corning Museum of Glass, New York, USA

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, GB

Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, USA

The Museum of Applied Arts / Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland

The Finnish Museum of Glass, Riihimäki, Finland

Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland

Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden

Brandt Glass Collection, Torshälla, Sweden

The Danish Museum of Decorative Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

Ulster Museum, Belfast, Ireland

Kunstindustrimuseet i Trondheim, Norway

Kunstindustirumuseet i Oslo, Norway

Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark

Röhhska Museet, Göteborg, Sweden

Nuutajärvi Glass Museum, Nuutajärvi, Finland

The State of Finland

Urpo Lahtinen´s Art Foundation, Finland

National Public Art Council, Sweden

Museo de Arte en Vidrio del Alcorcón MAVA, Madrid, Spain

Fundación Centro Nacional del Vidrio, La Granja, Spain

Svenska Kulturfonden, Helsinki, Finland

Urjalan Osuuspankki


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