Conversing with Matter
MA graduation project
Design Academy Eindhoven
The ongoing industrial need for more clay is exhausting natural resources and damaging the environment. This design research project explores extractive stories of clays, working with polluted river clay, and treating asbestos as a filler to lessen the amount of mined clay needed. Once treated and fibre-free, asbestos is not dangerous, and also lends insulation and heat-resistant qualities to the clay.  The project’s dramatic findings are the result of a durational methodology that relied on the designer establishing conversations between materials and techniques, industry and craft, experts and institutions, scientific findings and cultural associations.

Gijs Bakker Award Nominee 2021

Realised in collaboration with sunday morning EKWC, Wetering, and the Ceramic Laboratory from Leiden University of Archaeology.

︎︎︎Short film introducing the project (Vimeo)
︎︎︎Design Academy Graduates page
︎︎︎Presskit GS21: Conversing with Matter

Description by Nadine Botha
Photo by Femke Reijerman
Quenched Asbestos
Insulating tiles & homewares
Asbetter Acids Rotterdam
Despite asbestos was banned in the 90s, still nowadays 30000 people contract asbestosis every year. Meanwhile, many developing countries still support its use.
The material research repurposes the safe byproduct of the treatment of asbestos as a clay body filler. On the one hand it recoups waste coming from an unwanted stigmatised material; on the other, it decreases the amount of mined clay used in paste. After the treatment, asbestos partly keeps its heat-resistancy, adding insulating properties to the clay.

Gijs Bakker Award nominee 2021

Realised with the support of Design Academy Eindhoven at sunday morning EKWC.
In collaboration with Asbetter Acids and Wetering.

︎︎︎Asbetter Acids
︎︎︎Het Financieele Dagblad article
︎︎︎Design Academy Graduates page
Design of the Issue #9
Editorial Design
FU Review Berlin