Benedetta PompiliDesignMaterial Research
About Benedetta Pompili (IT, 1995) is a social designer based in Amsterdam. A dedication to materials with a focus on their narratives and environmental impact identifies her practice. She rethinks manufacturing techniques and their aesthetics toward circular making. Her research aims to share knowledge, motivate care, and retrace tradition by thinking and acting in an interdisciplinary way.


Recent and ongoing work

Selected exhibitions


Master, Social Design, Design Academy Eindhoven (NL), Gijs Bakker nominee, 2019–2021.
Erasmus, Peter Behrens School of Architecture and Design, Düsseldorf (DE), 2017–2018.
BA, Industrial Design & Advanced Ceramics, ISIA Faenza (IT), Cum laude, 2014–2018.

Designer in Residence, Creative Residency Arita, January 2024-ongoing.
Tutor, Natural Materials in Ceramics, The Material Way, January 2024-ongoing.
Fellow Researcher, LINA x TU Wien, Vienna, October 2023-ongoing.
Tutor, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (NL), September–December 2023. 
Ceramic workshop specialist, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (NL), March 2023–ongoing.
Ceramic production consulent, Bruno Baietto’s In Bones We Dwell, Dordrecht’s Museum (NL), 2023.
Ceramic workshop specialist, Royal Academy of the Arts, The Hague (NL), January-August 2023.

In Presence of Your Absence, Hong Kong Design Institute, Hong Kong (China), January-May 2024.
Conversing with Matter, Sustainable Ceramics, Princessehof Ceramic Museum (NL), Nov 2023–2024.
In Bones We Dwell For Yours We Wait
, consultancy for Bruno Baietto, Dordrecht’s Museum (NL), July 2023.
In Presence of Your Absence, ADI Design Museum, Milan (IT), 2023.
Vestiges, Alcova, Fuorisalone, Milan (IT), 2023.
In Presence of Your Absence, Material District, Utrecht (NL), 2023.
Raw.obj, The Future of Art Making, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (NL), 2022.
Ciona Are Doing Well, SVA Bio Art Lab, New York, 2022.
SPAZIO 1/2: Worskshop “Clay Dialogues”, Drop City, Fuorisalone, Milano (IT), 2022.
Sea Silt, collaboration with Humade, Ceramics Museum Princessehof, Leeuwarden (NL), 2022. 
Conversing with Matter, DAE75!, Fuorisalone, Milano (IT), 2022.
Conversing with Matter, Rethinking Plastic, Yksi Expo , Eindhoven (NL), 2022.
Conversing with Matter, Design Fest Gent, Design Museum Gent, Gent (BE), 2022. 
Conversing with Matter, From the Ground Up, Material Source Studio, Manchester (UK), 2022.
Conversing with Matter, Design Open, Kazerne, Eindhoven (NL), 2021–2022. 
Conversing with Matter, Dutch Design Week 2021, DAE Graduation Show, Eindhoven (NL).
Ciona Are Doing Well, Interspecies Futures, by Oscar Salguero, NY Center for Book Arts, 2021.

Conversing with Matter,
Design Unlimited Turkey, October 2023.
In Presence of Your Absence
, Italy: A New Collective Lanscape, Mousse Magazine Ed., April 2023.

Conversing with Matter, DAMN Magazine, Issue N° 82, June 2022.
Conversing with Matter, Plural Magazine, 2022.     ︎︎︎Conversing with Matter, Elementa Oslo, 2022.
Conversing with Matter, The Color Association, 2021.
Conversing with Matter, Het Financieele Dagblad, Culture section, 2021.
Conversing with Matter, Wallpaper Magazine, Design section, 2021.
Ciona Are Doing Well, Design Parallax, curated by Angela Rui, MDFF Greece, 2020.

Grant, Starting Design Grant, Stimuleringsfonds, The Netherlands, 2023-2024.     
Award, Young New Talent, Material District, Utrecht (NL), 2023.
Grant, Creative Residency Arita, Japan, Stimuleringsfonds, 2024.
Grant, Building Talent, Stimuleringsfonds, The Netherlands, 2021.
Nominee, Gijs Bakker Design Award, Design Academy Eindhoven, 2021.

Studio details
KvK 84375779
Btw-id NL003954350B29


In Presence of Your Absence

Conversing With Matter

FU Review Berlin N11 Still
Sea Silt by Humade
FU Review Berlin N10 Restoration
SILT Studio

Raw.objPioneers in Ceramics
Prinsenhof Delft Museum
Single fired and raw glazed earthenware, various sizes, 2023.

The project adapts on 3D printed earthenware vessels the ancient single firing technique, which consists on obtaining a sintered and glazed ceramic surface with only one firing instead of two or three, drastically reducing the energetic impact of the usual manufacturing process.
       Raw.obj combines the traditional knowledge of the craft, as the technique requires a set of technical skills and practice, with digital making. It pushes the technique to its limits by raw glazing thin 3d printed clay walls aiming at showing the applicability and functionality of the process.
Single firing or raw glazing was supplented by bisque firing before Modernism  to make reliable replicas whilst in need of mass production. Bisque ware is less fragile, can be moved within distant facilities with less loss and it can be more easily glazed by untrained workers.
       The project invites to reflect and question standardied manufacturing processes . The single firing technique, among others, manifests the importance of keeping alive the know-how especially for art and collectable design. The raw glazing represents an important aspect to reflect on, looking ahead in time, for the ceramic industry to cherish within a growing environmentally sensitive path.
       In occasion of the exhibition “Pioneers in Ceramics”, curated by Esther van Der Hoorn and Esther Munoz Grootveld for the Museum Prinsenhof in Delft (NL), the Maas river wild clay is decorated with with a baby blue underglaze made with 1% cobalt oxide to honour the history of the “Delft Blue”.