Monday, November 12, 2007

Bianco Blu ~ Modern Finnish Art Glass

Bianco Blu makes various glass products, including adornments, utility items, and works of art. They produce business presents for enterprises and manufacture items on order. BB designs all their products by themselves or co-operate with glass artists and designers, including Ristomatti Ratia, Pauli Partanen, Camilla Moberg, and Martti Aiha. BB also co-operates with Italian artist Mauro Capitani and Yong-Phil Lee from South Korea.

Tarmo Maaronen, the owner of Bianco Blu, has been blowing glass since 1979 when he started as a apprentice in Nuutajarvi Glassworks. In early 1990's Maaronen worked for several small glass studios in Finland and also taught Scandinavian glass blowing techniques in Florence Italy for a couple of years before opening his own studio, Bianco Blu in 1997. He has become one of the most respected and skilled glass-blowers in Scandinavia.

Reima Maaronen, Tarmo's older brother joined Bianco Blu in 2002. He also has a long career in glass blowing. Reima started blowing glass in 1972. He spent years in Nuutajarvi Glassworks before joining his brother in Bianco Blu.

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