The Milk set is a porcelain project that is inspired by the Dutch landscape. The Netherlands has a population of 16.8 Million and a land mass of 41,534 km². This is 3,5 times more populated than Germany and the 30th most densely populated country in the world. With a grossly populous country like this, space becomes an important issue. How must we organise space so that there may be enough for each person?
When flying over the countryside of The Netherlands, the ariel view provides interesting 2D patterns and structures formed by the planning of this space. The Milk Set was inspired by these lines and shapes. Breakfast is probably the most important and known meal in The Netherlands. From Gouda cheese to chocolate sprinkles. The traditional Dutch Milk Cup used during breakfast time was the starting point of my form finding.
The blue set is inspired by the windmill parks in the sea. Not only the land but also the sea gets affected by the lack of land in The Netherlands. Agricultural land and the organisation of this formed the pattern of the green set. The pink set is a representation of the fields of heather and the paths running through it, as even the national parks have fallen victim to the planning process.
All the forms are created by hand. The positives are turned on a plaster wheel and then formed into the negative mould.
The set consists of different colours that are created by the use of colour pigments. Firstly the coloured porcelain is poured into the mould and dried, then it is filled up with the white porcelain.
After the forms had dried, the patterns were delicately hand-carved through the first coloured layer. This shows off the white layer underneath and after the firing process a translucent effect is created.
Porcelain is a material that needs a lot of patient. Every mark that you leave in the process will be visible after the firing. This means that in the process of building you need to be focussed and concentrated and in touch with the material.
Most of my projects are used with the technique of slipcasting. This means that you pour the liquid porcelain in a plaster mold. After a couple of minutes you can pour out the porcelain and a thin layer is left behind. This thin layer will become the wall of the object.
Just like the designs all the plaster forms are made by hand in the workshop.
Making of a coffeepot. By Laureanne Kootstra
The making of a coffeepot is a video about the Project "Coffee time" that was made by Laureanne Kootstra in 2018. The Project was part of the " Design in social Context" course focussing on Analog Workshops, the project was lead by dutch designer & Prof. Ineke Hans.
In this project i collaborated with Manufactory Berlin, this is a smallscale porcelain workshop that creates porcelain for artist and designers. It is also a space where people follow formbuilding and slipcasting workshops. Uta Koloczek founded the workshop in 2010 in Berlin-Wedding.
In my project i wanted to use the knowledge that Uta has about formbuilding and showing the traces of handmade porcelain back in the textured surface. With the porcelain production processes in mind i started to sketch and built models. Slipcasting gave me the possibility to create a double walled piece. Porcelain gives normally a lot of heat off. What means that it is hard to hold a porcelain cup without a handle. The empty space between the two walls does not only isolate but also protects you from the heat.
The making of a coffeepot is a video about the Project "Coffee time" that was made by Laureanne Kootstra in 2018. The Project was part of the " Design in social Context" course focusing on Analog Workshops, the project was lead by dutch designer & Prof. Ineke Hans, Universität der Künste Berlin.
Most of the times i work with the technique called: Slipcasting. Through the use of a mold made out of plaster you can create your pieces. The plasterforms are also created in the workshop.
For the making of a plasterform ( negative ) you will need a positive. This positive can be made out of plaster or other materials. I mostly work with the plaster wheel to create the forms, i also use digital methods like 3d printing and analog methods like handbuilding.
The lovely Tanja van Hoogdalem made a lovely blog about my work and my personal life. These are some of the pictures that she made of my porcelain.
These coloured porcelain bowl have a rounded surface on the bottom. This surface makes them playful and wobble when your put them down on the table. Who said you could´nt play with your food?!
Melkbus is a vase inspired by my childhood in the dutch countryside. On the farms the milk used to be collected in big Milk churns. This vase is inspired by these memories.
Speculative Design / What if?
On the earth there are almost 7.4 billon people, more than 10 percent of them have not enough food, that means that almost 800 million people live in hunger. With the population of the world still growing, it is time to look into new possibilities of nourishment. But what could the solution be?
Cellulose is the worlds most abundant organic compound. Almost every plant has cellwalls made of cellulose. But we can not digest it, cows and other ruminant animals can.
Cows have four stomachs, the first one is called the Rumen. And here it is where the cellulose gets digested by microbes that live in the stomach. The question i asked myself in this project is: Could the microbes be used in a way so humans can digest cellulose?
"Ruminant Me" is an external stomach. By adding water, your cellulose material (v.b. grass), and an activated moving ball filled with microbes that is moving through the stomach. When the microbes are finished digesting the food it can be drained. Now it is ready for consumption.
This means that people can harvest there own cellulose material from their garden or even a public space. Whilst they are cooking their food the cellulose can be predigested and afterwards be used in a recipe. This would mean that we will have less cellulose waste and it could maybe even be the solution against hunger.
RuminantMe, by Laureanne Kootstra IDK, Prof. Axel Kufus, Üniversität der Künste
2018 IMM Cologne, " Probe " exhibition by Universität der Künste
2018 Satellite, Salone del Mobile, " Probe" exhibition by Universität der Künste
Plattenbau is a project that was created in 2016 after the inspiring east German archicture. It tries to find out why the Plattenbau buildings were once loved and now are hated and destroyed. Even when right now Germany again goes through a shortage of housing.
By showing the beauty of the shapes, lay.out and the colours it is trying to show the story of the plattenbau that was once loved. And hopefully trigger a new positive connection with the Plattenbau.
Plattenbau, Laureanne Kootstra
Universität der Künste, prof. Jozef Le Grand
A collection of mood images from my porcelain collection.
The interesting results of a 3d Printing Workshop. In this project Phillip Hainke & Dennis Nguyen & Laureanne Kootstra played with the borders of 3d-printed ceramics.
Collaboration between Dennis Nguyen & Laureanne Kootstra.
A pitfiring workshop held at the Language Farm. This workshop was held by Laureanne and given to a group of teenagers between the ages of 11-13 years old.
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