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Atelier NL’s Geotagged Ceramics Showcase Local Design
Posted By Lea Stewart On February 18, 2010 @ 6:00 pm In Decorative Objects,Green Kitchen,Green Materials,Green Products,Sustainable Materials | 1 Comment
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 .
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Photographs are by Paul Scala
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 locally grown food: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/12/living-goods-barcode-app-makes-buying-local-a-breeze/
 crafts from area artisans: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/12/15/green-gift-guide-handcrafted-eco-gifts/
 Atelier NL: http://www.ateliernl.com
 geotagged: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geotagging
 Netherlands: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/07/greenspotlight-hanging-streetlight-planters-appear-in-the-netherlands/
 Jurgen Bey: http://www.jurgenbey.nl/
 Noordoostpolder: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noordoostpolder
 soils: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/11/luvmuds-seed-hearts-for-valentines-day/
 Re:Vision Design Award: http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/33752/modern-painters-announces-revision-design-award-winners/
 Makkum: http://www.tichelaar.nl/
 Dwell: http://www.dwell.com/articles/drawn-from-clay.html
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