Kulho H 180 mm 1971-1973
Jesperi sarjassa koko lasiesineen pinta peittyy pienillä ameebakuvioilla. Jesperi sarjaa valmistettiin kirkkaana, keltaisena ja vihreänä. Kirkkaiden kulhojen ja lautasten pohja on jälkityöstetty sinisellä.
Jesperi (1971-73), on the other hand, had the amoeba-like flower pattern covering up the whole surface of the glass. The Jesperi collection included a tumbler, a jug, plates in three sizes, four bowls, and a sugar bowl and a creamer. The series was produced in clear, yellow and green colors.
Erkkitapio Siiroinen Sesi ja Gardenia Riihimäen lasi
Siiroinen kertoi Ilta-Sanoman haastattelussa Sesi sarjan synnystä; ”Istuin kaksi vuotta sitten kesällä keittiön pöydän ääressä ystäväni Sesin kanssa. Kysyin Sesiltä, mikä on puuttuva vaihtoehto kirkkaalle lasille? Sesi vastasi; musta lasi. Siitä idea syntyi”.
Musta sävy saatiin lasimassaan tumman koboltinsinisen värin avulla,
Sesi; black glass is actually cobalt blue glass – it was produced using cobalt blue pigment but as a very dark version of it. In a newspaper interview Erkkitapio Siiroinen himself explained the inspiration behind the series as follows: “Two years ago in the summer I was sitting by a kitchen table with my friend Sesi. I asked what is missing as an alternative to clear glass and he replied: ‘black glass’. That led to an idea”. So designer Siiroinen started developing this interesting new series with a totally new concept – it was most likely the first time ever that anyone had thought that glass should and could be black. Siiroinen named the series in honor of his friend Sesi who gave him the original idea for this project.
The Sesi collection was a large tableware service set that included numerous items such as: pitchers, a sugar bowl and creamer, bowls of different sizes, three serving dishes, five different sized glasses and three plates. ‘Sesi’ was produced mostly by using molds and semi-automated machinery; just a few of the items were hand blown. ‘Sesi’ was also produced in only one shade and no other colors – in the ‘black’ or very dark cobalt blue color.
”Jotkut ovat huomauttaneet, että musta on synkkää. minusta se ei ole. Se on juhlallisuuden ja arvokkuuden symboli, ei surun”, sanoi Siiroinen.
Sesi ja Gardenia lanseerattiin näyttävästi 1976.
Sesi was introduced to the public in a very impressive manner in 1976. Because the concept of Sesi was so new and innovative (it was the practically the first time anybody had designed black glass), the launch received great deal of interested and was widely noted in the press. The series was on a tour in most of the biggest department stores with designer Siiroinen present talking about it. Siiroinen was often asked by reporters whether or not he thought that black color for glass was too gloomy – Siiroinen replied: “Some people have remarked that black is somber. I don’t think so. It is a symbol of grandeur and dignity, not grief”. Siiroinen’s ‘Sesi’ launch was a success and this new concept was received very well in the Finnish press. The journalists were commenting that colorful foods, vegetables and fruits, looked great against the black color.
Many Erkkitapio Siiroinen’s glass series, including Sesi, are very popular among Finnish glass collectors. Erkkitapio Siiroinen was young designer with quite a rebellious mind, and this attitude lead to some of the most interesting and innovative glass series ever produced in the history in Finnish design.