Design︎Material Research
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