Tulonen has worked as free artist since 1968. She has held
solo exhibitions and participated in several joint exhibitions both in
Finland and abroad.
She was given the Finnish State Award of Arts in 1987 and was granted artist pension in 2005.
She is a member of the Association of Finnish Sculptors and of the Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo.
Ritva Tulonenīs material is clay fired in high temperatures. She works in her studio in Tuusula, Southern Finland. The most significant elements for her are earth and fire. The art works are made of earth - clay - and finished with fire; clay is transformed into ceramics. Softer materials are often attached to sculptures, e.g. wood, rope, leather, or root.
Everything is influenced by time. Ritva Tulonen searches the past, ancient cultures, for primal images. Her work often shows the impact of times gone by - wear and tear, ageing.