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Crafts, Metals and Ore Refining with a Twist!



The core team of Ore.e Refineries is based in Finland and is presented below. It is, however, important to emphasize the importance of local producers such as Boris "The Watcher" Azianou of Grand Popo, Benin and many others who have contributed to the project.  It is Ore.e Ref.'s policy to develop all projects in a manner that will support local economies and craft skills in the best possible way. For Finnish audiences we recommend this audio documentary:






Eero Yli-Vakkuri, Management & Sales

Eero_Yli-Vakkuri"Hello, I am Eero. I am a carpenter and an artist working in the field of socially engaged and new media arts. If you want more information on our company I suggest to you look to the "Press, Investors and Etc." site.

If you want to develop a more personal relationship to the materials you use in your work Ore.e Ref. is an option you should seriously consider. Especially if you want to be prepared for the post-industrial era.

We really know what we are doing and can help you to produce metal products and generally in any craft and design related issue!

By making visible the amount of labor and energy needed in metal refining we hope that the value of labor and  understanding of economical, historical and political connections at the heart of any material and technology become a part of the face value of the artifact you want to produce." 
Jesse Sipola, Head of Technology & Design

Jesse_Sipola"Hi, My name is Jesse. I am a blacksmith and a designer living in Helsinki, Finland. I have been working with metal since 1999, first as a artisan of blacksmithing and since 2003 as a designer.

I am interested in traditional craft methods and I try to merge these methods to my work as a contemporary designer. If you are truly looking for  sustainable metalworking solutions I am here to help.

I´ve collected a lot of traditional craft skills when traveling and working in Namibia and South-Africa. Local artisans there often work with really low-tech devices and have little if any materials to use in their work.

They manage to produce items which merge traditional craft methods with contemporary materials. I find this inspirational. More information on my artistic work in my web portfolio. I know we can help you in metal related issues!"


Outi Heiskanen, Int. Consultant on Methodological Robustness

Outi_Heiskanen"I'm Outi also know as 'Heis' and I'm a printmaker. I've been involved with Ore.e Ref. since the beginning both as a customer for the copperplate services and a member of the staff. I'm Ore.e Ref.'s internal consultant on methodological robustness, which means that when the durability of specific materials or long term benefits of some production processes is in question my input is needed.

My expertise comes from the field of printmaking where the techniques have remained relatively the same for some 500 years. These methods produce better quality imagery, then any automated processes ever will... There is a person responsible for every step which adds to better end results and transparent processes. Expertise in printmaking technologies can be applied to all sorts of craft issues.

I have particular interest is in self-sufficiency and I currently run my own culture center called Oheistaidekoti in Vehmaa."




Creative Pool for Special Assignments
Pekka Ruuska, Liaison

Pekka_RuuskaMr. Ruuska was contracted to act as a liaison of the companies southeastern African relations and businesses for the duration of his trip to The Republic of Mozambique 03.03-17.03.2012.

Mr. Ruuska was assigned to A. To investigate the possibility to build a traveler maintained commerce route and crafts culture relations network. B. To acquire samples of copper and to salvage 19th century telegraph technology related to the "Cape to Cairo Red Line" infrastructure. Full assignment available trough link (.pdf). The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (.pdf) by Benjamin Walter was also included in the assignment package.
Lauri Wuolio, Contractor

Lauri_WuolioMr. Wuolio was contracted to select and/or craft items to be stored in a time-capsule which was hidden inside a ~5ton boulder rock, situated in the seashore of Helsinki.

Items in the time-capsule are expected to become  accessible for audiences in 500-1000 years. Items Wuolio chose are hidden behind "The Message – EWS1#" Navigational Device. EWS1# is encrypted with instructions which may be used to find the Onkalo, nuclear waste repository site. Details on the time-capsule content entitled "Kharon’s Obol" are available on Mr. Wuolio's website and full assignment documents available trough link.


Topi Äikäs, Contractor

Topi-ÄikäsMr. Äikäs was contracted to remould a plaster bust of Johan Vilhelm Snellman (1806-1881) into concrete. The original bust was sculpted by Johannes Takanen (1884/1896).

Mr. Äikäs is instructed to make a silicone mould of the plaster, so that multiple copies of the bust can be manufactured. A special flowerpot version will be cast and used in Seli-seli seppele (2013) artwork by Ore.e Ref. The piece is located in Toijala Co-educational School & Akaa Gymnasium building in Akaa, Finland. Full assignment documents available trough link (.pdf).




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               Ore.e Ref. Est. 2007