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About Sami Rinne


I am a ceramic artist and a designer. I produce tableware and ceramic art, mainly using clay and plaster. The key features of my production are clean and sculptural shapes and combining techniques.

I produce unique works and small series. In my series I use and combine self-made plaster molds. I also have familiarized myself with 3D technology. It enables using more
complex and precise casting techniques.
In firing I use electric kiln, wood-fired kiln and raku firing. I constantly experiment with different glazings and coatings.

I produce many series at a time and I work with them for many years. My work is alive and it evolves with the time. During the last few years I have been motivated by architecture and classic historical themes.

My goal is to add understanding of the many layers of arts providing the public with means to be more open to interpretations. As an artist I want to surprise, produce experiences and question the existing models of thinking.

Excellent skills

Sami has created ceramics over three decades. Although he is master in his techniques, he constantly seeks new information and developes his techniques.

Sami also shares his deep knowledge to others. Sami is teaching private students in his studio. He is also teaching ceramic art in Kalliolan kansalaisopisto and Etelä-Helsingin kansalaisopisto in Helsinki, Finland.


Education and Work Experience

  • Clayhem,, Teacher of Ceramics, Helsinki, Finldnad, 2023-

  • Kalliolan kansalaisopisto,, Teacher of Ceramics, Helsinki, Finland, 2009-

  • Etelä-Helsingin kansalaisopisto,, Teacher of Ceramics, Helsinki, Finland 2016-

  • University of Applied Sciences, Entrepreneur Special Studies, Jyväskylä, Finland, 2004-2006.

  • JAMKK, University of Applied Sciences, Pedagogic Studies, Jyväskylä, Finland, 2003-2004.

  • SAMI RINNE DESIGN ltd, Helsinki, 1999-

  • Kuopio Academy of Design, AMK, Kuopio, Finland 1994-1998

  • Studies in Tervolan käsi- ja taideteollisuusoppilaitos, Tervola, Finland 1992-1994.

Sami Rinne Design Art in Collections

Sami Rinne Design items are in following collections. (Year tells when items have been added to the collection.)

  • Finnish Ambassador of Italy, Rome, Italy, 2011.

  • Kuopio, Arts Council of North Savo, Kuopio, 2001, 2004, 2009.

  • Lutheran Church, Helsinki, Finland 2008, 2009.

  • AMOCA, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California, U.S.A, 2007.

  • Tilitalo Aaltonen ky, Jyväskylä, Finland, 2007.

  • Crafts Museum of Finland, Jyväskylä, Finland, 2005.

  • Samtext Ltd, Norway, 2005.

  • Cultural Historic Museum of Kuopio, Kuopio, Finland, 2004-2005.

  • Kumagai Family, Tokyo, Japan, 2004.

  • Elkamer Oy, Kuopio, Finland, 2003.

  • Ceramic Monthly Magazine, Westerville, USA, 1999.

  • Hiromichi Ito, Tokio, Japan, 1999.

  • The President of Finland, Residence of the President, Mäntyniemi, Helsinki, Finland, 1998.

  • Hariton Tuukkanen, Monastry of Pokrova, Kirkkonummi, Finland, 1998.

Awards and Stipends

  • Taike-apuraha, 2021.

  • Muodosta Tulevaisuus! design award, Kuopio Academy of Design, Kuopio, 2008.

  • Stipend for a wheel, City of Kuopio, 1999. Finland.

Own Exhibitions

  • Yksisarvisten elämästä, Lanterna Magica, 2023

  • Siivekästä keramiikkaa, Demmers Teehaus, Helsinki 2021.

  • Siivekästä keramiikkaa, Artisaani, Helsinki 2021.

  • Siivekästä tuotantoa 20 vuotta, Eeva Pinomaan Studio-galleria, Helsinki, 2019.

  • Tarinapaloja, Bladhin talo, Kaskinen, 2015.

  • Tarinapaloja, Gallery E. Pinomaa, Helsinki, 2013.

  • Hedelmiä puustani, Atelier Gallery Philippa, Helsinki, 2009.

  • Palojeni muoto, Muodosta Tulevaisuus!-palkintonäyttely, Taitemia gallery, Kuopio, 2008 – 2009.

  • Sami Rinne esittää: Elämänpuuni, Astialiisa, Helsinki, 2008.

  • Sami Rinne esittää: Elämänpuuni, Galleria E. Pinomaa, Hanko, 2008.

  • Sami Rinne Design presents, Nikolain kulma, Jyväskylä, 2006-2007.

  • My Wings and Me, keramiikkaa, ryijyjä ja pronssia, Helsingin Kaapelitehdas, Galleria Septaria, Helsinki, 2006.

  • Wings, Yläkaupungin Yo, University of Jyväskylä, 2005.

  • Sami Rinne Siipeilee, Burts Tea & Coffee, Kuopio, 2005.

  • Tartu siipeen, ceramic, rugs ja bronze. Crafts Museum, Jyväskylä, Finland, 2005.

Group Exhibitions

  • Ornamo Teosmyyntinäyttely, Helsinki, 2024

  • AINOAstaan hevosia, Shopping mall AINOA, Espoo, 2024

  • Keramiikan mestarit, Keramiikkastudio Jenni Linnove, Pöljä, 2023

  • Viipurin Taiteilijaseuran vuosinäyttely 2023, Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki, 2023.

  • Ornamon Teosmyyntinäyttely, Helsinki, 2008-2023.

  • Pinxinmäen kesänäyttely 2018, Sysmä, 2018.

  • Loimusta loihdittua – Puupolttoista taidekeramiikkaa, Galleria E. Pinomaa, Helsinki, 2015.

  • Esineitä Posliinista, Tovi Gallery, Helsinki, 2013.

  • Keramega04 ́ ja 12 ́ exhibition, Voipaalan taidekeskus, Valkeakoski, 2004 ja 2012.

  • Finis Landae, Castel dell` Ovo, Napoli, Italy, 2011.

  • Kattaus, Galleria Norsu, Helsinki, 2010.

  • Forma Fairs 1999 – 2017, 2015. including Theme Stand, Helsinki.

  • Habitare Fairs, 1999-2009 ja AHEAD! - including stand, Helsinki, 2007.

  • Nordic Design Exhibition, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea, 2009.

  • Keski-Suomi Muotoilee08, Jyväskylä, 2008.

  • Children's Play, Nordic Design exhibition in Seoul, South Korea 2006.

  • Finland Cafe, Tokyo, Japan, 2006. ”Exhibition” Tokyo, Japan, 2004.

  • Kuulet musta, Kuopio Academy of Design 120 year exhibition, 2004.

  • Blickpunkte, 1999 ja 2004, Munster, Deutschland.

  • Angels, Kuopio Natural History Museum, Finland, 2003-2004.

  • 5-Rooms- Livingroom”, Kuopio, Arts Council of North Savo , Kuopio ja Seoul, Korea, 2001 ja 2002, 2003.

  • Alumni, Kuopio Academy of Design Ceramic Department 30 year exhibition, Museum of Kuopio. Kuopio, 2002.

  • Suomenlinna Käsityökesä 2000, Helsinki, Finland 2000.

  • Crafts and Design Export Forum, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2000.

  • The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA),
    Conference in Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A, 1999.

  • Omni, Arabia Museum ja Gallery, Helsinki, Finland, 1998.

  • Gyori Varosi Konyvtar, ”Näyt” Gyor, Hungary, 1994.



Visibility in Media

Sami's art and tableware has been in over 300 magazine publications and several TV shows.
Here are some examples:
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As Featured on TV

  • Hautalehto, 2024

  • Teinipäiväkirja, 2022

  • Sunnuntailounas seasons 2-3, 2021-2022
  • Hautalehto, Kylmäsyli, 2021
  • NIMBY, 2020
  • T.i.l.a.-show, 2013
  • Kokkisota jr, 2012
  • Kolme Simoa, 2009
  • Haarautuvan rakkauden talo, 2009
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