Today eco enthusiasts like to know where the products they buy are coming from, so that they can eat locally grown food and purchase crafts from area artisans. The ceramicists at Atelier NL took cues from this intrinsic desire for regionally-produced goods and produced a line of pottery that is geotagged with the location of each area farm where their clay was sourced. Just think: You could potentially eat vegetables that were grown in same soil that the bowl is made from.
Each of Atelier NL‘s vessels is marked with a code that relates to a farm from a 460-square-kilometer polder (a Dutch derived work for low land area) in the central Netherlands. At the invitation of Jurgen Bey and Rianne Makkink, Atelier Designers took up artists’ residencies here to study the creation and development of this agricultural area called Noordoostpolder.
We love how the designers capitalized on the variation of colors found in the natural soils in different parts of the region. They discovered yellow earth in Brunssum, a smooth and shiny dark brown in Woerden, and a rough terra cotta in Gilze-Rijen. Atelier NL designer Nadine Sterk explains that, “A bucket filled with earth is anonymous, but the stories of the farmer who works the earth lend it its identity.”
Atelier NL recently received a prestigious Re:Vision Design Award for their collection. You will be happy to know that Dutch ceramic manufacturer Makkum has taken Atelier’s concept to commercial production. You can find the range for sale through their web site.
Photographs are by Paul Scala