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Clay as a material is filled with energy that has travelled through ice ages
and gains its final form in the heat of the kiln.

ABOUT

I´m Henriikka Leppänen, ceramics designer and maker from Norh Karelia, Finland.

Clay inspires me and I get ideas by observing and feeling its qualities. My relationship with nature is strong; nature helps me relax and distances me from everyday life whilst it also gives me new ideas and inspirations. I get inspired by the creatures and bugs in the nature, rough surfaces and natural materials.

It’s important for me that a product looks and feels good, is practical whilst also being multi-functional. I wish to create something new where modern and traditional can elegantly meet.

I spent my childhood in Tohmajärvi, in the middle of the forest, right on the eastern border. I have always liked to be in nature, grub in the mud and explore my surroundings. I have learned to make handicrafts since I was little.

I ended up with ceramics after high school when I went to study design and manufacturing at Kankaanpää Institute. Ceramics was one of the materials there and I got so excited about it that I continued to study ceramics design at the Kuopio Academy of Design. I graduated in 2012 with a degree in Designer.

In the beginning I made ceramic tiles and jewelry in my one-room flat kitchenette, dragging objects to be fired tens of miles away. In 2015, I found myself a studio space and was encouraged to start my own business. The company name Kerafiikka (Ceraphics) was born when I combined the words ceramics and graphics. In the beginning I made ceramic graphics, by which I mean printing images on the clay surface using graphic methods. Now I’m inspired with wheelthrowing and making tableware and home decor. Today, Kerafiikka (Ceraphics) means graphic style ceramics.

IDEA

Aestethical wellness.
I want to offer stylish, responsibly manufactured and well-thought-out products that are also good to use. Products made with high craftsmanship skills brings aestethical wellness to everyday living. There is no desire to buy a nature burdening stuff which is made far away.

QUALITY

Craftmanship. Kerafiikka’s all products are made in Joensuu, respecting the principles of sustainable development. I make products by hand, from kneading a clay lump to a finished object. I make products from stoneware clay with food-safe glazes and they are dishwasher safe.

UNIQUENESS

Products with character. The products are handcrafted in small batches, so each item has its own unique handprint. I also make custom products to order according to the customer’s wishes and needs.

SUSTAINABILITY

I also use local materials such as wood ash and natural clay as a materials for ceramics. In design, I strive for versatility and longevity. I recycle the surplus clay into new clay and I don’t waste materials. I fire products with single firing without biscue firing to minimize energy consumption. The studio, house and water are heated with geothermal energy and the kiln is heated with solar energy.