Maria Punkkinen is a Finnish designer and a visual artisan specialized in ceramics. She was born in countryside of South east Finland and is currently based in Helsinki. Her background is in fine arts and she is a Master of Arts in design.

I’m intrigued by human minds, how they work and what kind of stories they have to tell – whether the stories are real or fantasy. My inspiration lies in twisted details, shadows and light and the perfection of imperfection.

The core of my work is intuition. I’m experimenting, breaking and searching for intersections of two- and three- dimensional worlds leaving some space for chance as well. I enjoy the slow, yet sometimes unpredictable process of ceramics. I’m interested in touch and its meanings. I create lively surfaces, unique sculptures and objects for everyday use.