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Tuominen Pottery, Adelaide

Lauri Tuominen Studio Pottery

Tuominen Pottery, Adelaide Australia.

Lauri Tuominen (b1949 -) worked here in South Australia as a potter for about 20 years during the late 1970s into the 1990’s.  I remember his gallery outlet as being very successful commercially and accessible to people who knew nothing about pottery…except for what they liked.

Lauri Tuominen Studio Pottery

Lauri Tuominen Studio Pottery

Practically everyone I know locally has a piece of Tuominen pottery from this period. What wasn’t purchased personally was often given as a gift, wedding present or housewarming gift etc.

Occasionally I have see Tuominen pottery for sale now mistakenly attributed as “Arabia Finland” because of the Finnish designer at Arabia, Kati Tuominen.

Lauri was Finnish born and trained as, then worked as an art teacher here for 4 years before moving full time into being a full time potter. He did some further design study in Scandinavia in his early years as a potter. In his studio he employed 1 apprentice and 1 assistant.

His large variety of domestic stoneware pottery is characterised by dark subdued glazes in earthen colours, as is much of his one-off studio ware. There were other colours produced but these darker tones were the most popular and are the ones most often found these days at auctions, second hand stores, markets etc.

Lauri Tuominen Studio Pottery

Lauri Tuominen Studio Pottery Large Teapot

Lauri Tuominen Studio Pottery

Lauri Tuominen Studio Pottery Blossom Vase

Lauri Tuominen Studio Pottery

Lauri Tuominen Studio Pottery – Small Jug

Lauri Tuominen Studio Pottery

Lauri Tuominen Studio Pottery Canister

Lauri Tuominen Studio Pottery

Lauri Tuominen Studio Pottery Very Tall Vase

Lauri Tuominen Studio Pottery

Lauri Tuominen Studio Pottery Small Tenmoku Glaze Jug

Lauri Tuominen Studio Pottery

Lauri Tuominen Studio Pottery – Dark Tenmoku Style Reduced Glaze

Tuominen’s style of darkly glazed stoneware in earth tones became less popular in the 1990s and Lauri went into making ceramic water purifiers before retiring.

There are a number of variations of the Tuominen signature – some are labels, some are stamped and some hand written, but the signature is unmistakable.

Lauri Tuominen Studio Pottery

Lauri Tuominen Studio Pottery Signature

Early unique pieces made by Lauri will have a “T” stamp and his hand signed script/inscription as below:

Lauri Tuominen Studio Pottery

Lauri Tuominen Studio Pottery Large Bowl

Lauri Tuominen Studio Pottery

Lauri Tuominen Studio Pottery

Lauri Tuominen Studio Pottery

Lauri Tuominen Studio Pottery – Rarer Blue Glaze , Cheese Dome – Photo Judith Pearce.

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