Terhi Tolvanen


1968, Helsinki, Finland

Training / Education:

  • 1989-1993 Lahti Design Institute in Lahti, Finland
  • silversmithing
  • 1993-1997 Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam Holland
  • jewelry design
  • 1997-1999 Sandberg Institute Amsterdam Holland
  • 2e fase applied arts


  • 2001 Lahti Design Institute, Lahti, Finland
  • 2001 Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam
  • 2003 KORU1-seminar, Lappeenranta, Finland

Exhibitions (Solo & Group Shows):


  • 1999 Sieger Park Mobile Park Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2000 KunstRAI Spring Collection Gallery Louise Smit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Gallery Louise Smit Spring Collection Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Rogaland Kunstsenter On the Way Stavanger, Norway
  • Nida Artist house Occupied Nida, Lithuania
  • 2002 Gallery Johan S. Peepnik Helsinki, Finland
  • Gallery Oona Sights Berlijn, Germany
  • Nida Artist house Out of the Blue1 Nida, Lithuania
  • Gintaro Museum Out of the Blue2 Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 2004 Gallery Louise Smit Substralia Amsterdam, The Netherlands



  • 2000 Internationale Handwerksmesse Talente München, Germany
  • Cultuurhuis Heerenveen Kunst van het versieren Heerenveen, The Netherlands
  • Aemstelle Kunst aanmoedigingsprijs Amstelveen Amstelveen, The Netherlands
  • 2001 Internationale Handwerksmesse Schmuck München, Germany
  • Porvoon Taidehalli Finnish Jewelry 3 Porvoo, Finland
  • Mikkeli Art Museum Finnish Jewelry 3 Mikkeli, Finland
  • Kuparipaja The metals Fiskars, Finland
  • Gallery Oona Jardins-à-porter Berlin, Germany
  • 2002 Lönnström Art Museum Finnish Jewelry 3 Rauma, Finland
  • Kemi Art Museum Finnish Jewelry 3 Kemi, Finland
  • Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustriemuseum Finsk-Norsk Kunsthåndverk Trondhem, Norway
  • Stedelijk Museum Display Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2003 South Karelia Museum KORU1 Lappeenranta, Finland
  • Gallery Oona Rosa Berlin, Germany
  • Stedelijk Museum Sieraden, de keuze van Roermond Roermond, The Netherlands
  • 2004 Beurs van Berlage Rietveld naar de Beurs Amsterdam
  • The New York Art Fair Sofa Charon Kransen Arts, USA
  • Rantapaja, Lappeenranta, Finland

Awards / Grants:

  • 1997 Nomination Gerrit Rietveld Academy- prize
  • 2000 Nomination Kunst aanmoedigingsprijs Amstelveen-prize
  • 2002 Travelling subsidy, De Mondriaan Stichting, The Netherlands, for the project "Out of the Blue" in Lithuania
  • 2003 Startstipendium Applied Arts, Stichting Fonds voor de Beeldende Kunsten, Vormgeving and Bouwkunst, The Netherlands


  • 2002 Acquisition Gintaro Museum, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 2003 Acquisition Françoise van den Bosch-Foundation, Young talent, Amstelveen, The Netherlands
  • since 1999 private collections NL, DE, FI, NO, USA



  • 2000 Talente Internationale Handwerksmesse, München
  • De toegepaste KunstRAI Tableau the Art Magazine nr.3 Amsterdam
  • Anna 13.6.2000 Finland
  • Kunst aanmoedigingsprijs Amstelveen
  • 2001 Schmuck Internationale Handwerksmesse, München
  • Metallit Fiskars
  • Literatkra ir menas nr. 32, 10.8.2001 Lithuanian Art and Literature Journal Vilnius
  • Finsk-Norsk Kunsthåndverk Stavanger
  • Stavanger Aftenblad 26.9.2001 Stavanger
  • 2002 Helsingin Sanomat 13.4.2002 Helsinki
  • Display Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
  • Kulturos Namai september 2002, Lithuanian TV
  • 2003 GZ Art+desing nr.2 Germany
  • KORU1 Lappeenranta
  • Sieraden, de keuze van Roermond Roermond
  • 2004 Substralia Gallery Louise Smit, Amsterdam
  • Residence nr.6 June, The Netherlands
  • Gloria nr.9 September, Finland

Artist Statement:

I call my pieces my plants. Partly from nature, partly man-made they show the symbiosis between nature and humanity. As eager we plant, nurture and cut excess growth away, as certainly the grass between the paving pops up again.