Maarit Mäkelä

Doctor of Arts

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  • Otaniementie 14, 021450 Espoo

1997 …2023

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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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctoral degree, Arts and Design, Helsinki University of Arts and Design

Award Date: 19 Dec 2003

Master's degree, Arts and Design, Helsinki University of Arts and Design

Award Date: 20 May 1994


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


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