Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Road Trip to Helsinki

We drove to Nuutajarvi Lasikyla where glass has been blown continuously since 1793. It was the 220th anniversary year for this oldest glass manufacturing site in Finland.

Glass Blowing

We continued on to Visavuori, the Jugend style home and studio of sculptor Emil Wiktrom.

Studio of Emil Wiktrom

Studio and House

Sculpture by Emil Wiktrom

Then we journeyed on to the Ittala Glass Museum for a guided tour of the museum and glass factory.

To finish up we stopped by Hwitrask for a guided tour of the monumental home and atelier of architects Saarinen, Gesellius and Lindgren.

Cozy nook with rya
A rya is a traditional Scandinavian wool rug with a long pile of about 1 to 3 inches. They were made using a form of the Ghiordes knot to make the double-sided pile fabric. Though rya means "rug" in English, the original meaning in Sweden of rya was a bed cover with a knotted pile. The first ryas originated in the early fifteenth century as coarse, long-piled, heavy covers used by mariners instead of furs.

Nice Studio

View from outside

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