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!

CyF: Corona Challenge Aftermovie is here! 🎉

To remember the best moments from the event, we have created this aftermovie:

Corona Challenge was a unique experience both for us and for students – there are not a lot of projects, where HBO, MBO and international students are working together. This was the first step to change that! We hope that you enjoyed participating in the event, and are looking forward to the next (hopefully, not Corona related 😉) event like this.

Circular soap-making at D’Lab sustainability festival

How does soapmaking springs from our Craft Your Future ideation game? Easy! Just connect the dots.

At the circular makersevent #Casco organised by Friesland College D’Lab as part of Craft your Future , students connected the dots crafts (soap making), trends&tech (3d printing & DIY) and circularity (recycle).

The Craft your Future Ideation game, developed by Learning Hub Friesland, uses product ideation cards. By playing the game, students groups invent new products which combines traditional crafts, new trends and technologies and the circular economy to solve a real-world challenge. Students pick a wildcard to keep them on their toes.

At the festival we solved a challenge the Frisian Waterboard facing, and tested the solution; a Do It Yourself soap making kit.

Challenge: Waterboards in the Netherlands spend millions of euros annually on removing deep-frying fat from the sewer. Especially around new year’s eve, the Dutch tend to flush their used frying fat (used for the traditional new year’s dish ‘oliebollen’) through the sink, resulting in clogging and pollution.

Result: Soap bars made from used deep fry fat. The product is a Do It Yourself soap making home kit which will be a free give away when people buy deep frying fat in December. The kit includes the recipe, some basic ingredients and  necessities and 3D print instruction for the mall and stamp with logo. By working together with the waterboards and solving their problem the total investment will be made by the waterboard.

Craft Your Future as example at the National info day of Erasmus+

Ben Bosch – 14 november 2019

On November 14th Erna van der Werff (Learning Hub Friesland) and Hendrik Jan Hoekstra of Friesland College presented the project Craft Your Future at a national meeting of the national agency.

They were asked to inspire other schools and supporting organisations to make use of the possibilities that ERASMUS+ has to offer.

Craft Your Future also stands out nationwide because, from the start, many parties have became involved in the regions that work together in this project. This is also what makes the project so powerful because the material developed helps the partners in the regions to achieve support for the theme.

Hendrik Jan focused on how a European programme can help to achieve the school’s own objectives. Erna focused on the creation and organisation of a local and European network.

What is clearly stated is that it is also very nice to work directly with students in a project. After all, that is what a school does it for. Students are critical and therefore very valuable to give feedback on the already developed materials.

Dutch, Bulgarian and Spanish students show their Craft Your Future designs in Valencia

Students from Friesland College, Tryavna Craft school and the University of Valencia showed their work during the Craft Exhibition in the Craft Centre of the Valencian Community in Spain. In early April it was all about the European Days of Crafts. In this context several activities were be organised, amongst which the Craft your Future student exposition with objects from the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Spain.

In the Netherlands, under the supervision of Friesland College teachers Harm de Jong and Frank Kroondijk, the Dutch students worked on their design objects following the Craft Your Future principles: to combines traditional crafts, new techniques and a circular economy. Craft your Future is an Erasmus+ project in which Dutch partners Friesland College, Learning Hub Friesland and House of Design cooperate with the University of Valencia, Fab Lab Valencia, Tryavna Craft School and FabriC (the Bulgarian foundation for craftsmanship). How can we learn from the craftsmanship of the past for challenges we face today? Craft Your Future makes educational programmes future proof.

Student Masha van Kammen used Friesland Colleges latest acquirement for her design object: the WASP 3D clay printer. Guided by the Dutch designer Lies van Huet, she made ceramic lamps and vases.

Back in 2014, Lies van Huet was inspired by a workshop ‘3D printing with clay’ from Jonathan Keep, a frontrunner in this field. The seed that was planted then, now sprouts. The 3D printer offers us the possibility to, in addition to clay, print multiple other circular materials such as cellulose and PHA from sewage sludge, bioplastics from potato starch and glycerine or a biobased concrete from reed and lignin.

‘The designs are made in the computer programme Vectorworks and printed with the WASP 3D clay printer. The pentagon shapes are one of the first self-made designs I have printed. I chose this shape because it feels uneven, but it is symmetric as well. I made the two twisted designs because I wanted to make something out of porcelain which can’t be made by hand.’ says Masha.

On April 4th 2019, the Craft Your Future exhibition officially opened at the Craft Centre of the Valencian Community in Spain. The partners of the Erasmus+ project Craft your Future were invited to this event and will have their second Transnational Project Meeting to discuss the project progress.

Craft Your Future in Dutch Culture

Heritage connects, Europe inspires. That is the Dutch theme of the European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018. Throughout the year, attention is paid to the important role that heritage can play in culturally diverse Europe.

Craft Your Future got the opportunity pitch the Craft Your Future activities. Result: publication of our Craft Your Future activities in the Dutch Culture magazine ‘2018-European Year of Cultural Heritage’