After intensive research and experimentation, designers Nadine Sterk and Lonny Ryswyck of Atelier NL managed to melt local ‘wild’ sand dug from the Zandmotor, into unique objects of glass.
The collection is called ‘ZandGlas’. Each piece is made from fused sand, forming a magnificent set composed of a carafe and three drinking glasses of varying size. These are tangible objects made from sand. They are beautifully crafted and tell a stunning narrative about the origins of the Netherlands and the sea, currents, winds, rivers, time and mankind.
These are the very first glass products from a series Atelier NL will create out of sand from the dunes, beaches, rivers, deserts, mountains and sandpits.
Atelier NL used the sand from the Zandmotor at the invitation of artist collective Satellietgroep and in collaboration with their network of scientists. For the manufacture of the limited edition, the designers worked together with Gert Bullée, top glassblower in the Netherlands. At high temperatures, the wild sands of the Zandmotor melt and eventually transform into characteristic, pale green glass. Sleek and elegant design in a sophisticated colour, and with charming imperfections that make each object unique.
Photos: Teun van Beers (product photography) en Wouter Kooken