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:
Management & Sales
"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
|Jesse Sipola, Head of
Technology & Design
"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
|Outi Heiskanen, Int.
Consultant on Methodological Robustness
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
my input is needed.
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
I have particular interest is in
self-sufficiency and I currently run my own
culture center called Oheistaidekoti in
|Creative Pool for
Mr. 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
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
included in the assignment package.
Mr. 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
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.
assignment documents available trough link.
|Topi Äikäs, Contractor
Äikäs was contracted to remould a plaster bust of
concrete. The original bust was sculpted by Johannes
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
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
|Contact only by phone:
00 358 50 57 29743 (00=+ in local calls)
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Ore.e Ref. Est. 2007