Combining old crafts with new technology: 3D printed Middelsee pottery.

Eva Dijkstra is a student of Creative Craftsmanship at ROC Friesland College. Right now her work is presented at the exhibition at the Princessehof Ceramics Museum in Leeuwarden. But unfortunately, few people have seen her creations since the museums got closed due to the corona measures.

The stories behind her crated objects are worth telling and add a lot of value to the ceramics themselves.
Eva started to plan out this project when she was offered an internship at Lies Keramiek in Leeuwarden. The student had to dig the clay by herself to make it as authentic as possible, as well as to purify it and make sure it is the right clay to burn in the kiln. The process took some time, but eventually all the problems were solved.

However, after that Eva didn’t want to make your average turntable pottery. She came up with something completely different: she combined traditional with modern by making ceramic objects with a 3D printer. The process is art in itself – the clay needs to be put into the printer and it builds up a vase or jar layer by layer. She admits: “But sometimes nothing happened at all for weeks. The device had its own will.”

There are big hopes that people can see Eva’s creations again on the 9th of June but for now, thanks to these unusual circumstances, her pottery is the first long-term student exhibition in the museum.

Craft Your Future Makeathon aftermovie!

Instead of postponing or canceling the training week in Valencia, the Craft Your Future consortium prepared a Makeathon, where each of the countries was working on the same challenge, with the connection points online.

Within the two days of the Makeathon, students from 3 different countries (with about 10 different nationalities) and from 7 different schools worked on the societal challenge of heat stress. Heat stress is the result of stone-paved and walled cities with hardly any green to cool it during the hot days. Heat stress is becoming more serious now summers are getting hotter due to climate change.

Each group of students used the CyF cards to define the working components for their solution. There are four cards to choose from – craft, technology & trends, circular, and a wild card.

By the end of the second day, the students have finalized their prototypes (some teams even made more than one!), and were ready to present it to the rest of the group. It is great to see what amazing ideas young minds can create in such short time!