Savikoda (Ceramic studio) was started in 1995 by ceramicists Kadri Jäätma and Ülle Rajasalu, both graduates of the Estonian State Art Institute (presently the Estonian Academy of Art), and both belonging also to the Estonian Artists’ Association, the Society of Ceramicists, and to the artists’ association “ON Grupp”.
Ülle and Kadri are also the creators of the design of the studio space and the principles of the organization of the work there. In contrast to the other studios in Katariina Guild, Savikoda divides the gallery space to be separate from the work space. The visitor can view the gallery offerings while, at the same time, observe the work ongoing at the studio side.
In the first years, the studio exhibited Ülle and Kadri’s singular pieces. At present, the emphasis is on each artist’s presenting a series of her own designs. At the same time, there are also larger unique pieces that have been created for exhibitions.
Being located in the Old Town’s medieval quarter has seemingly in itself effected the division of work in the studio. As in an older age of handicraft guilds, here also there are master crafters, journeymen (dayworkers), and apprentices. Kadri began as Ülle’s Art Institute student. Though Jarõna Ilo started work at Savikoda under the guiding hands of Ülle and Kadri while still a student, she is now a graduate of the Estonian Art Academy. Later additions to the artisans of Savikoda were Virve Kerm and Jane Paadimeister, who received their training from Ülle and Jarõna. Jane has also now graduated in ceramics from the Estonian Art Academy.
Even though each of the master crafters at Savikoja clearly has her own distinctive style, all share in the simplicity and minimalism native to northern Europe. They also participate in the work of the Society of Ceramicists as well as in exhibitions.
The five ceramicists do not hide their light under a bushel; to the contrary, they organize courses in their field. Savikoda also accepts special orders, a collaboration between the artist and the customer.
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