Ever since I was a kid I’ve always enjoyed meticulous work, be it huge puzzles, drawing, whittling a spoon or figuring out how small of an origami jack-in-the-box I could fold. After almost ten years of work experience in different jobs I finally quit the last one and moved to Oulu on Christmas 2010. It was time for a whole new challenge – fulfilling my lifelong dream of becoming a craftsman.
With no previous experience in the craft, only loads of enthusiasm and passion to learn something totally new and exciting, I began my journey to become a jeweller. I was lucky to be accepted to Oulu vocational college and the thrive to continue with this profession only kept growing during my studies. I graduated as an artisan jeweller in June 2014. The following year I worked as an assistant teacher at the same school and in April 2017 I finally started my own business. I continued my studies in 2019 and graduated as a goldsmith in 2021.
UJO stands for unique, joyful and original jewellery. My aim is to craft pieces of high quality with great attention to details while adding a touch of humor and inventiveness. The ideas for my own collections come from nature, pop culture, occasionally from some scribblings on a piece of paper and even from the material itself. Digging into a piece of wax or a sheet of metal is extremely relaxing and to find the pieces hiding inside is even more rewarding. Snappy Snapperson and the cherry blossoms were created in this method.
I worked on a rented space in a jewellers workshop for four years in Oulu, Finland. After having a few pop up shops with a few colleagues over the years, we were finally able to open a retail space in the Oulu Market in the autumn of 2020. More info about our workshop and boutique, Paja1605.
My services include all traditional repairs as well as bespoke pieces. The high quality materials used in all my products come from reputable Finnish and Nordic producers. I use mainly sterling silver and precious jewels in my own collection. Bespoke pieces are made in your choice of metal (or from your own materials) and gemstones/diamonds.
I craft jewellery both traditionally and by 3D modelling. Turn around time for bespoke pieces varies from a few weeks to several months.