We have just received “ Withering Tableware” from Studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters.
Traditionally, paintwork on fine china is applied by hand, making it a labour intensive thus costly craft. Over the course of last year Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters developed glazing recipes that do not require craftsmen to paint the crockery directly, but rather, the mould before the product is cast. In this way several copies of one painting can be made. After each cast the glaze further washes away and crumbles, drawing a clear parallel with withering flowers in nature. The image of the flower is clear and sharp after the first cast, withering and fading after multiple reproductions. The collection balances nature and the culture of production, emphasizing the beauty of both worlds.
Thomas Eyck commissioned the development of the collection of porcelain tableware and the final dining set was produced by the renowned Royal Tichelaar Makkum (est. 1572).
Maarten Kolk (1980) en Guus Kusters (1979) both graduated with honours at the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2006 and work together since 2009. They develop autonomous projects and work as exhibition designers and curators. The poetry they find in nature, history, colour and landscape is the foundation of their work. They try to translate this into objects, material applications, exhibitions and innovative production methods. Studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters exhibited their work among others at Sotheby’s London, Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen, Textielmuseum Tilburg, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam and Design Museum Holon and is acquired by several museums and private collections.