BLAUW – Delft Blue Reinvented

Studio Tim Vanlier

Product | Craft | Material

Tim Vanlier (28), a graduate from the Design Academy Eindhoven, believes in the power of craft and the act of making. With this pure and honest way of creation he refers to the craft of Delfts Blue that consists of nature, strength and craftsmanship. As a designer he can build on centuries of craftsmanship knowledge. Within the framework of tactility Vanlier experiments with colour, materials and the manufacturing process that lead to unexpected results.

Tim Vanlier is not a ceramist, but specialised in the making of Delftware, developing a new view on this traditional craft. The Delft Blue objects show intricate artwork that requires years of training; Tim set these pottery rules aside and took eight months to experiment with new methods of shaping, painting and baking. What if you take a tiny detail from a 16th century plate and enlarge it in an abstract way? Or use wastewater instead of actual paint to create a new colour gradient? And how can a sandblaster contribute to special effects? The answers are found in this refreshing collection of seven porcelain vases, simply called BLAUW.

Traditional Delftware displays intricate artwork that requires years of training; Tim Vanlier threw such painstaking pottery conventions overboard and spent eight months experimenting with new methods of shaping, painting and baking. What if you take a tiny detail from a 17th-century plate, enlarge and abstract it? Or if you apply waste water instead of paint to create a new colour gradient? And what happens when you use a sandblaster for special effects? The answers are found in BLAUW, a playful collection of porcelain bowls that can be built into a vase, showcasing a refreshing view on the old stackable tulip vases.

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