- Kyllikki Salmenhaara (1915-1981) -
Kyllikki Salmenhaara is remembered first and foremost as a skilful pedagogue, and as a reformer of ceramics teaching in Finland. For close on twenty years, right up until her death, she was responsible for higher-level instruction in this field in Finland. She also taught in Taiwan, the United States and Canada 

Before becoming a teacher, Kyllikki Salmenhaara worked as a ceramic artist at the Arabia Factory in Helsinki, where she established for herself an impressive reputation as a creative artist and proponent of the modern art of ceramics. One indication of this was her success along with other Finnish industrial artists in the Milan Triennale from 1951 onwards. 

Kyllikki Salmenhaara's work both as a creative ceramist and as a teacher was characterised by continuous research and a relentless drive towards self improvement. She held an intirllate know ledge and understanding of the basic natural material clay - to be the fundamental requirement for the art of the ceramist. Only a high level of technical skill permitted the artist to achieve true artistic creativity. 

Quotation from: Jarno Peltonens foreword in Konsindustrimuseets Publikation Nr 18, Kyllikki Salmenhaara 1915-1981, ISBN 951-95807-2-7, ISSN 0780-413x 

Photographic materials:
Wärtsilä Foto/Gero Mylius