Sara Hulkkonen

Glassblower Sara Hulkkonen (born in 1972) started studying glassblowing in 1999. She is a graduate of Häme Vocational Institute/Wetterhoff. After an intense career as an assistant and a partner in a small glassblowing studio, she opened her own studio in 2005. Born and raised in Espoo, Sara Hulkkonen relocated permanently to Nuutajärvi Glass Village in 2007.

Sara Hulkkonen has worked as a full-time glassblowing instructor at Tavastia Vocational College since 2009. She also teaches glassblowing at HAMK University of Applied Sciences. Hulkkonen exhibits frequently. She often travels to the United States to further her knowledge of glassblowing techniques.

Sara Hulkkonen enjoys the process of working with hot glass. Both glass as a material and the intense physical work that goes into shaping it are a great inspiration for her. Team work also plays an important and fascinating role – the possibility of sharing the rhythm of the work and the beauty of the material.

“The continuity of traditional craftsmanship is essential. The art of glassblowing continues and takes on new forms with us, the makers. Some people need to make things with their very own hands. In our ready-made society it is sometimes challenging to explain that yes, I really want to sweat and do physical work. Shaping hot glass is demanding; it develops both physical strength and intellectual awareness”, she says.

In her free time Hulkkonen likes to travel. She finds herself at home both in the wilderness of Lapland and in the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. She has travelled widely from a young age and has also made her home in Italy, France and Sweden. To her, living and working in Nuutajärvi is exceptional: both the wilderness and the glass industry of bygone days are present.

More information and contact:

Sara Hulkkonen

katisarahulkkonen [at]

+358 40 5341 457

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