Monday, April 17, 2017

'Hold' vessel exhibition at Gallery Funaki

April 18 - May 27, 2017

Curated by Natasha Sutila, Gallery Funaki presents a survey of contemporary vessels by Australian and international makers David Clarke, Sally Marsland, Robin Bold, Christina Schou Christensen, Marian Hosking, Barbara Schrobenhauser, Lindy McSwan, David Bielander, Vito Bila, Inari Kiuru and Peter Bauhuis. 

As a prevailing form in craft tradition and daily life, the vessel affirms itself as unparalleled in the consideration of function, materiality and domestic ritual. A finely tuned relationship with material and process forms a common thread amongst this diverse group of artists (

So happy and proud to be a participating artist. My vessel contemplates the rapid mutation observed in butterflies, sensitive indicator species, in the Fukushima area in the wake of the nuclear accident in 2011. It is presented with water in it, interacting with thin blades of steel. The form and function of the vessel are also a respectful nod to the old Japanese tradition of mizusashi, fresh water jars.

Inari Kiuru
'Heavy water (Fukushima butterflies)'
concrete, iron oxide, mild steel, pigments, iron filings, wax 
120 x 120 x 140mm

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Heavenly Vessels exhibition at AVID Gallery, New Zealand

Inari Kiuru
mild steel, found object, enamel, pigment, wax, human ashes

Blink is a contemplation of the passing of time and the cyclical nature of all life.

AVID Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand / 08 - 22 April 2017
Raewyn Atkinson, Barry Clarke, Inari Kiuru, Elizabeth McClure, Lindy McSwan, Mark Mitchell, Masahiro Sasaki and Layla Walter

Heavenly Vessels is a collection of vessel objects worked in glass, metals and ceramics. Eight artists from NZ, Australia and Japan have explored a range of ideas in their work for this exhibition: the passing of time, feelings relating to connection with place and the beauty and materiality associated with the medium they are using.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Night falls over Brunswick, concrete brooches

These three brooches from the Night falls over Brunswick-series were my entry to this year's Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery at Gallery Funaki, Melbourne, Australia. From the top:

Suburban moon, close and distant (2016), concrete, mica, pigment, stainless steel pin
A tree and the night's edge (2016), concrete, glass fragments, pigment, paint, stainless steel pin
The Universe sees us asleep (2016), concrete, copper, enamel, glass, paint, stainless steel pin

'Vessel' exhibition at Bilk Gallery, Canberra

Holding onto light
concrete, glass fragments, iron oxide, pigment, wax

One of my three symbolic vessel-objects at Bilk, contemplating light. You can find more images
and information about the beautiful exhibition with six participating artists
at the gallery website here.

Blue and orange earrings

Three pairs from the Industrial Lightscapes-series 2015-16, all in steel, paint and gold.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Exciting things are happening!

Dear Reader,

Please check in again later this week for a few updates of exciting recent news and events:

I'll post images from September exhibitions 'The Shining' in Brunswick and 'Go, said the bird' at 45 downstairs (part of the Radiant Pavilion and Craft Cubed-events); photos of some brand new earring work available at Gallery Funaki (yay!), and a substantial update of the Indoor Forest Project I'm doing with my studio community, Northcity4, during the coming months.

Hope to see you here again, welcome back!

Cheers x

Image: 'Welders mask without eyes, for the blind love of steel' (2015) / wood, iron, stainless steel, paint

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Solstice – of darkness and light, images of work

Here are some images of my work in the exhibition, a group of seven concrete and mixed media objects, titled Dust from a distant sun. Here's how I described it in our show media:

This installation of cast concrete, iron-oxide pigment, clay, coral, leather, wax, aluminium and gold is a meditation on the changing lightscapes throughout our days, and on the heaviness of time irrevocably passing. Vast cloudy afternoons, starry nights, long forgotten mornings; once gone, never to return. The objects–containers, vessels, industrial-organic forms–stand seemingly together, grouped like planets or a constellation, yet each ultimately alone, perhaps carrying the same melancholy that contemplating the enormous universe sometimes evokes. Comforting, the warmth of the sun is always present, as light connecting the works and illuminating the gently rendered surfaces.

photo: ©Aurelia Yeomans
Inari Kiuru: Dust from a distant sun (2015), installation of seven objects made of concrete, clay, leather, foam, wax, crystal, paint, aluminium, gold leaf and iron oxide pigment.

All photos except one by © Inari Kiuru 2015.

Solstice – of darkness and light exhibition

Image: Inari Kiuru (2015) Solstice, giclee print on archival art paper, 380 x 430 mm, edition of 20

Solstice – of darkness and light

Aurelia Yeomans
Inari Kiuru
Naoko Inuzuka

A solstice marks the two brief moments during an astronomical year when day and night meet at their longest and shortest. This changing metaphorical relationship between dreaming and wakefulness, the conscious and the unconscious, and the natural cycles around and within us, is the focus of Solstice –
of darkness and light, an installation of contemporary jewellery, object and image.

June 23 - July 4 2015
45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000

Opened by Dr Kirsten Haydon, RMIT University, Melbourne
and Mary-Lou Jelbart, Artistic Director, fortyfivedownstairs

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who saw our show, either in the gallery or through online images. Especially big thanks to our partners, friends, families, teachers and mentors whose support and help was invaluable in realising our first independent exhibition. More images of the work and gallery in the next posts!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Winter neckpiece

Inari Kiuru, Winter (from Winter Thoughts-series) 2010-14

Stainless steel and brass safety pins, sterling silver and 9c gold catch, enamel, enamel paint, varnish.
300 mm x 150mm x 80mm.

Winter is an interpretation of the artist’s native Northern European urban landscape in late December. Tree branches dark and bare; old stone buildings wet with rain, now newly covered with snow. And underneath the cool surface, hundreds of lines follow and cross each other, bound together, layer upon layer, perhaps with a little sting inside. Like people, like cities, like history.
Season upon season ... 
- Inari Kiuru

This piece was exhibited last spring (October 2014) as part of M.contemporary gallery's Intimately Connected-exhibition, curated by Michelle Paterson, in Woollahra, Sydney.

"Jewellery art like many other forms of fine art has the intention to express a sophisticated and well-developed concept or narrative through its display and materials. Artists investigate different topics to create individual pieces covering a broad spectrum of ideas and motivations; a piece of contemporary jewellery has the ability to take on the role of adornment with charisma, class and presence." - Gallery exhibition media

The safetypins have been woven together by interlinking (lock & secure). Liquid, industrial white enamel–powdered glass with a clay like agent– has then been painted onto the structure, and the piece has been fired with a big gas & oxygen torch to fuse the enamel onto the steel at approximately 800 degrees Celcius. Enamel paint has been applied at places to add bright highlights. The catch is hand forged from 9 carate gold and sterling silver.

The very happy new owner of the piece, Dr Gene Sherman of the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (Dr Sherman also opened the exhibition) with the artist who's gone quiet with joy. I'm wearing a brooch from the same series, fabricated similarly to the neckpiece.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Our INDOOR FOREST - The last day to vote!

Dear friends, colleagues, community members,

Today is the last day to vote (voting closes 5pm)for our air-purifying indoor forest idea at Northcity4! We are at a 2nd place, and need to stay there to get funding!

Inspired by NASA's brilliant research on the air-cleansing qualities of common houseplants, our dream is to build a large, permanent air-purifying garden indoors, to work alongside our conventional air-filtering system. We want to become a leading creative community on how to use plants effectively in artist workshop settings!

Importantly, we want to make all the research findings and a documented process of construction available, free of charge, for other interested artists and the wider community, locally and internationally. So this project is for everyone.

This initiative, a "forest on wheels" was recently selected a top ten finalist in the Bank of Melbourne Local Project Competition/Environment-category. It has a very real chance in succeeding, as the two most voted for projects in each category receive funding. The competition is very tight though, and every single vote counts!

Here's how you can show your support:

You can vote directly at the competition website at

Please note that your details WILL NOT be stored, or used for any other purpose than counting the votes during the competition.

If you'd like to help us further, please let any friends you think would be interested know!

Please don't hesitate to email Inari at should you have any questions, or would like further info & updates.

Many thanks!

Inari Kiuru
& Northcity4 artists

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Radiant Pavilion – Melbourne Contemporary Jewellery and Object Trail, September 2015

The amazing Chloë Powell and Claire McArdle have been busy, thinking up and organising this event. Take note and use a permanent marker for your calendar now: 1-6 September 2015 will be THE days to be in Melbourne, to enjoy, exhibit, explore and discuss contemporary jewellery and objects. Here is the announcement of Radiant Pavilion website launch for more information:

Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery

These are the last days to see an interesting, beautiful collection of contemporary jewellery from international and Australian, established and emerging, artists at Gallery Funaki, Melbourne:
The Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery exhibition.

I am over the moon and very humbled to be a part of this amazing show (insert muffled screams of happiness onto the serious text here!!!). Two of the brooches below from my Evolution-series, the larger steel piece and the brooch in the lower image, were selected to participate. They received a Judges' Commendation for emerging jeweller's work (more screams!!!). 

A heartfelt thank you to the Gallery Director Katie Scott, Award Manager Chloe Powell, and the Judges Julie Ewington, Warwick Freeman, and Simon Cottrell.

The exhibition closes on September 13. Be quick!

PS. More images with details also here on Klimt02.

Brooches from the Evolution-series, 2013
Stainless steel, mild steel, crystals, iron, clay, patina, paint
70x130x70mm; 70x120x60mm

Hello 2014 and beyond!


Nearly two years have passed since my previous Season's Greetings post, in 2012. Time has flown, and there have been big changes in my life. The greatest of them all was welcoming our daughter into the world in June 2013. She is a beautiful (and very strong-willed, independent) mystery, and the past 15 months have been an intensive, wonderful road into the unknown, together as a family. Now we can all finally walk, so it's getting a bit easier.

I also finished my degree, Honours in Object Based Design, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, in June 2013. In fact, I put the very final touches on the final pieces for assessment just six hours before my baby was born. Now that is a busy week, don't you think!

Now it's time to get back into making and creative communication. Spring is here, the world is turning as it should be, and life is an open book. I shall start posting regularly again, starting with pictures of work from the recent past, to bring the online record up to date.

I'll also be present in Instagram as ordinari_observer.

A big thank you for those who've been reading my blog regularly and who might find their way here again, or for the first time. It would be great if you could join me on this next part of the journey.

Here we go!

Inari x

To link the last post of 2012 and this first of 2014, here are some of the final images that grew from the industrial moth sketches (post below) into the Saturnalia Industrialis-series of brooches, models and giclee prints during 2012 and 2013.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Words & Works from a World Away

"What do they say about us on the other side of the world?
And what do you know about them?

Words & Works from a World Away exhibition unites the northern and southern hemispheres through the work of jewellery and object artists from Australia & Estonia. In each country statements were collected from ordinary members of the public about their knowledge and opinion of the other country. Each artist chose a statement about their country from someone on the other side of the world. The piece they made is a reaction to this statement.

Words spoken across the globe invite a personal study of our own culture and a reaction to other's perceptions of who we are. Each piece is a navigation of an outsider's perspective and the resulting realisations and revelations about our own identity.

The two cultures have been explored through unverified perceptions and understandings. The resulting objects are repositories of both cultural and personal narratives. They examine the global flow of information between two physically and culturally separate countries and provoke an international exploration of self."

* * *

“Antelopes come from there. They treat Estonians well.
Everybody who has gone to work there
manages their life well.” - Mare

Here is my piece : )

Mare’s boss in Melbourne was such a friendly bloke (2013)
Modelling paste, paint, steel
140 x 140 x 90 mm

Please note: Posted 2014 but backdated to July 2013 in order to keep archives in chronological order.