Helena Tynell graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 1943. She worked with ceramics in Arabia in 1943-1946. In parallel with this and until 1953, she also worked with lighting at Taito Oy. Between 1946 and 1976 she was one of the keen designers at Riihimäen Lasi. She also freed for companies like Flugfors Glass, Bega Leuchten, Glashütte Limburg (both in Germany) and Fostoria Glass in the United States.