About Saara Korppi

Saara Korppi is a Finnish 34-year-old enthusiastic glassblower and glass designer. She studied 3 years at the Nuutajärvi glass school in Finland and graduated as an Artisan glassblower in 2010. Then, straight after Nuutajärvi she studied one year in the glassblowing postgraduate program in the Nordic Programmer in the Riksglasskolan in Orrefors in Sweden. She continued studies in Orrefors for one year and graduated with a higher education as a Design and Art glassblower in 2013. She has also worked as a glassblower assistant in Norway and Sweden. In addition to this, she has studied at special workshops in Venice in Italy and in the USA. In her studies, she has focused on Venetian glassblowing which includes the production of goblet glasses.

Interview with Saara Korppi

Saara Korppi ("SK") interviewed on Sunday, 17 May.

Could you please tell us about your experience as a designer, artist, architect or creator?

SK : I have blown glass since 2007 and educated as a Glassblower Artisan in 2013. After that I have studied two years in Sweden and had other specific glassblowing education from USA and Italy. Since I started, I have made my own design.

How did you become a designer?

SK : I started to design my glass design since I educated as a glassblower. I have always had an inner desire to create things with my hands and design my own things. I wanted a more practical approach for designing and so I educated as a glassblower. I started to design my glass design since I started to educate as a glassblower. Learning new things has given me new approaches to design and better design.

What are your priorities, technique and style when designing?

SK : Functionality, usage, looks First my approach would be thinking and then sketching it. I make first models and then finalize the product final shape.

Which emotions do you feel when designing?

SK : Excitement, joy and all emotions between. Making it is most exciting. I like most of glassblowing.

What particular aspects of your background shaped you as a designer?

SK : When I was a young, I did had painting and drawing courses. It helped me later to see things more on three dimensional.

What is your growth path? What are your future plans? What is your dream design project?

SK : Dream big and make big things true

What are your advices to designers who are at the beginning of their career?

SK : Believe in yourself

You are truly successful as a designer, what do you suggest to fellow designers, artists and architects?

SK : Believe in yourself

What is your day to day look like?

SK : First planning and i have different day themes

How do you keep up with latest design trends? To what extent do design trends matter?

SK : I would like think about that I make the trends

How do you know if a product or project is well designed? How do you define good design?

SK : functionality and aesthetic

How do you decide if your design is ready?

SK : When it feels right technically and emotionally

What is your biggest design work?

SK : The 30s Cognac Glass and the 30s Wine Glass because both have won the Silver Award

Who is your favourite designer?

SK : Tapio Wirkkala

Would you tell us a bit about your lifestyle and culture?

SK : My country has beautiful nature and it inspires me.

Would you tell us more about your work culture and business philosophy?

SK : I work mostly solo, but some really complicated works need working partner in the working process.

What are your philanthropic contributions to society as a designer, artist and architect?

SK : I think it is great to involve these kind of things.

What positive experiences you had when you attend the A’ Design Award?

SK : Recognition, PR, Award

Saara Korppi Profile

30s  Cognac Glass

30s Cognac Glass design by Saara Korppi

30s Wine Glass

30s Wine Glass design by Saara Korppi


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