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 Kalle is a one of a kind Tonttu boy. I have made only 10 Boys and 10 Girls in 2012. Each is one of a kind Tonttus with it's own personality.

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I made my very first Tonttu for my children 21 years ago. Both my children are grown up now! Tonttus are displayed in our house every Christmas but they don't mind at all to be part of your life all year around.

I have designed and handmade my one of-a-kind Tonttu boys and girls to be part of Christmas tradition hoping they will be loved and passed as an heirloom from one generation to the next. 

Tonttus require painstaking detailed work involving approximately 50 work stages. Only a very limited number is made annually. Every Tonttu is signed, dated, numbered and given a name with the name day. In Finland we have a long tradition of celebrating name days. For example my name day, which I share with Pirkko, Birgit and Piritta, falls on October 7th.

Due to the fragile nature of the ceramic head and hands and clothes that they don't take off please handle Tonttus gently.


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Pirjo Polari-Khan

I was born in Seinajoki, Finland.  In my family there were artists, writers and musician so art became a way of life to me from an early age. I wasn't good in handicrafts at school so It even surprises me that I chose ceramics as my career. At school my mind was always somewhere else making up stories and I became a straight A writer. After the graduation from high school I wanted to pursue a career as a journalist but didn’t get in the School of Journalism that year. Instead I travelled to England to work in a family as an Au Pair, as was fashionable in the 70’s. I stayed to study Ceramic at The Polytechnic of Wolverhampton. After graduating 1980 I moved back to Finland and established my own studio. I produced mainly traditional earthenware pottery in my Dad's garage to pay off my student loan.

Moving to California in winter 1980 had a dramatic impact on the direction of my art; functional and traditional pottery-making gave way to sculptures and wearable art. I convey my ideas and feelings through hand-build forms with a preference for a natural unglazed surface, accenting them with glazes and other materials such as bronze and glass.

During my career, my pottery skills and passion for sculpting have merged into objects that share concepts creating “functional sculptures”. The human connection with the environment is the main focus of my present work. Surrealism also has influenced the personification of nature in my sculptures. I draw ideas from Finnish mythology, European and Egyptian god/goddess cultures -for my humorous, modern-day Venus figures- and from artifacts of ingenious people of New Mexico.



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