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Jeanette Hiiri

JEANETTE HIIRI

 

”I´ve never been able not to create things formed by hand. It´s the fascination with the possibility of translating an idea inside of your mind to something substantial and tangible,” says the Swedish ceramist Jeanette Hiiri.

“It is very specific. You get an idea, you work with it, and you see a result. I take great pleasure in this living process,” she continues.

Meet Jeanette Hiiri – an artist who “loves her craft” and unites art, stories, and symbolism in her ceramic art. 

A BAG FILLED WITH NATURE

Jeannette Hiiri thinks that her style and expressions originate from her Swedish upbringing: 

“You are who you are and that means something. I´m Swedish and because of that, I have a lot of nature in my personal bag.” 

For that reason, especially flowers – poppies and linen flowers – are featured in her art. Her vases among other things are a testimony to that. The idea behind the small vase grew when Jeanette was expecting her first child and thought:

“Maybe I should make a small vase, since children always pick small flowers.” 
 

DRIVEN BY THOUGHTS

When Jeanette Hiiri displayed her first exhibition with another jewellery designer, the key words were retention and longing. Hiiri worked with retention, and the result reflects Hiiri´s ability to bring forth the symbolism in her art, for instance in her necklace “Chains of Perfection.” It originates from thoughts that lock women in decade old roles that by 2012, some still have difficulties escaping from:

“Despite the fact that we fight very hard for equality in society, there are some things that are unchanged and that can almost be suffocating, hence the size of the necklace,” says Hiiri. Her ceramics are pictorial and strong, driven by the thought.   
 

CLAY, CAREER & CERAMIC

The journey from turntable to ceramics with symbolic meaning has lasted 9 years. Jeanette Hiiri is born and raised in Sweden, and it was here she started her career as a ceramist. Originally, she should have been a children’s book illustrator, but at the School of Art in Sweden ceramic classes were mandatory:

"The first time I attended any ceramic classes, all the other students were far ahead of me, and my clay was flying everywhere,” she laughs. 

But her perseverance made her master the turntable after diligently spending her weekends at the school. Interest took over from perseverance and she was hooked on the art of ceramic.