Timo Sarpaneva was a Finnish designer, sculptor, and educator best known in the art world for innovative work in glass, which often merged attributes of display art objects with utilitarian designations. While glass remained his most commonly addressed medium, he worked with metal, wood, textiles, and porcelain.
Sarpaneva was born in Helsinki, Finland, in 1926. He studied at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts from 1945 to 1948, and then at the Taideteollinen Oppilaitos (now Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture) from 1948 to 1951. In 1951, he was hired by the Iittala glassworks, where he worked for the rest of his career.
Sarpaneva was a prolific designer of glass art, both sculpture and functional objects. He pioneered many new methods in glass making, together with the glassblowers of Iittala glassworks. Among the new methods developed was the wet-stick method where spherical spaces within glass are created more...
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