At the end of 2009 I was part of the Kiki van Eijk design team. During this period I did a lot of hands-on projects and gained extra workshop experience. For this particular project I didn't do a lot of designing, but I was mainly responsible for the mold making (and engineering), casting and the production in the workshop of Kiki van Eijk & Joost van Bleiswijk. I made most of the molds for Royal Tichelaar Makkum on a highly professional level. The Zuiderzee Settings were eventually exhibited at the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen.
Kiki van Eijk created a series of ceramics and furniture pieces inspired on historical artefacts from the Zuiderzee Museum. The Zuiderzee Settings is a collection of still lifes which symbolizes old Dutch habits and pays respect to the Dutch herritage. For instance, the ceramic bucket and blanket are symbols for the habit of peeling potatoes and shrimps at home and repairing fishing nets outdoors. The still life on the ceramic 'textile' label shows a woman peeling potatoes with a bucket. The rinkled ceramics and gold handles really show the soft and very romantic side of the history of the Dutch Zuiderzee. Even the hand-made paintings are softer then usual. More information is available on the website of Kiki van Eijk.
Product Photography by Frank Tielemans.