Maarit Mäkelä

Doctor of Arts

  • Otaniementie 14, 021450 Espoo


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Artistic and research interests

Maarit Mäkelä works as an artist in the junction of ceramics and fine art. She has had several solo exhibitions and has taken part in frequent joint exhibitions in Finland and abroad. Much of her visual work deals with the questions of femininity. Her research interests lie in materialy, especially in the context of artistic and practice-led research. She is initiator of The Art of Research conference and co-editor of the anthologies “The Art of Research. Research Practices in Art and Design” (2006) and “The Art of Research II. Process, Results and Contribution” (2012). In addition, she has published widely in international arenas.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Arts (Art and Design)

Master of Arts (Art and Design)


  • Taiteellinen tutkimus
  • Keramiikka
  • Materiaalilähtöinen taide
  • Practice-led research
  • Ceramics
  • Material-based art
  • Muotoilu
  • Design

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Research Output


Mäkelä, M., 24 Jan 2020

Research output: Artistic and non-textual formExhibitionSolo art productionpeer-review

  • A Nourishing Dialogue with the Material Environment

    Mäkelä, M., 20 Sep 2019, Design and Nature: A Partnership. Kate, F., S. P. & Mathilda, T. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 173-178 6 p. (Earthscan).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

  • Editorial: Catalyses

    Laakso, H., Mäkelä, M. & Helke, S., 14 Jun 2019, In : RUUKKU. Studies in Artistic Research. 10

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Exposició temporal de II Simposi Internacional de ceràmica negra

    Mäkelä, M., 29 Jun 2019

    Research output: Artistic and non-textual formExhibitionArt in coproductionpeer-review

  • Negotiation between the Maker and Material: Observations on Material Interactions in Felting Studio

    Aktas, B. & Mäkelä, M., 31 Aug 2019, In : International Journal of Design. 13, 2, p. 55-67 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    27 Downloads (Pure)


    3D KERA (Mäkelä)

    Mäkelä, M. & Falin, P.


    Project: Business Finland: Other research funding


    Mäkelä, M.


    Project: Business Finland: Other research funding

    Art of Research: Art of Research

    Mäkelä, M.


    Project: Conferences and seminars

    Ceramics and its Dimensions

    Mäkelä, M., Yli-Viikari, T., Falin, P. & Lautenbacher, N.


    Project: EU: Other research funding


    Teachers' cultural event, 1st prize in ceramics, Finlandia Hall, Helsinki

    Maarit Mäkelä (Recipient), 1992

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

    Whitegold International Ceramic Prize

    Riikka Latva-Somppi (Recipient), Maarit Mäkelä (Recipient), Ozgu Gundeslioglu (Recipient) & Catharina Kajander (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Invitation or ranking in competition

  • Activities

    RUUKKU: Studies in Artistic Research (Journal)

    Maarit Mäkelä (Editor-in-chief)
    1 Jan 202031 Dec 2021

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesMembership of an editorial board

    Nordic Design Research Conference

    Maarit Mäkelä (Member)
    4 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesMembership of a scientific or program committee of a conference or seminar

    Art of Research Conference

    Maarit Mäkelä (Chair), Mira Kallio-Tavin (Chair)
    1 Oct 20194 Dec 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesMembership of a scientific or program committee of a conference or seminar

    Ministry of Finance (External organisation)

    Maarit Mäkelä (Member)
    18 Jan 201931 Dec 2021

    Activity: Membership typesPosition of trust in the public sector

    Kouichiro Inuzuka

    Nathalie Lautenbacher (Host), Maarit Mäkelä (Host)
    21 May 2019

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting a visitor

    Press / Media

    Poronluuta hyödynnetään keramiikassa

    Maarit Mäkelä & Jouni Partanen


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance

    3D-tulostus avaa mahdollisuuksia poronluun paikalliselle hyödyntämiselle

    Maarit Mäkelä


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance

    Taiteilijat saastuneen maan äärellä

    Maarit Mäkelä


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance