Kirsti Taiviola (MA) is a glass artist, designer and educator. The red thread in Taiviola’s career has been an interest in the possibilities of glass and light as tools of transmitting observations and making something visible. She has worked with e.g. questions of materiality, craftsmanship and authorship and her works often pay respect to the traditional craftsmanship of glassmaking. She frequently uses handmade free-form glass lenses to direct rays of light into different patterns and figures of caustics.Alongside her work as an artist Kirsti Taiviola has long served as a teacher in the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, where she teaches glass art and design. She lives and works in Helsinki.