Techfellowship Residency

Rijksakademie (Amsterdam)
The project activates and adapts the ancient raw glazing technique, or “single-firing” process, that applies one firing instead of two or three, reducing the energetic impact of the production.
Raw glazing was a standard before Modernism. Bisque firing became the new standard due to the needs of mass production: easier to glaze and decorate for untrained workers, saving on skilled labour, and to transport within distant working facilities. 
Raw.obj challenges this tradional process by applying it on extremely thin 3D printed vessels. The aim is to manifest the applicability of the single-firing process and the importance of sharing the know-how to develop sustainable making approaches.
The single firing is particularly relevant for small scale design productions and unique artworks to reduce the energetic footprint of the manufacturing process, to perform in a more organic workflow, as well as to achieve diverse and unpredictable results.
Technical supervision: Marianne Peijnenburg
Supported by Rijksakademie of beeldende kunsten, the Gieskes-Strijbis Fund and Rabobank.
Techfellowship Residency
Rijksakademie (Amsterdam)
A set of exercises in combining ancient and new techniques, aiming to raise conversations on craft and keep alive the know-how.
Made of single fired and slip casted recycled stoneware, the swirles are meant to add structural strength to the artefacts during the manufacturing process and while being in use.
Realised under the supervision of Marianne Peijnenburg and with the support of Rijksakademie of beeldende kunsten, the Gieskes-Strijbis Fund and Rabobank.
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 Asbeter Holding, 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