talking ceramics     Summary peer-reviewed chapter in Bloomsbury academic publication 2016     keramische fenix_ekwc     PDF summary of publications on material based making in 2015     3D weaving interview     The skin on milk 2013     Ode to earrings 2013     The economy of the line 2013     Image and language 2013     computational methods 2013     transnatural 2013     collecting and morphology in Art and Sciences 2012     The WOW! factor of Paper Biennial Rijswijk 2012     Postmodern taxidermia 2012     Computer design, six yards Dutch wax print and narrative African traditions 2012      cowhides and gold 2012      A world of glass 2012     webeditor for BOUNDLESS program     Travelling exhibition 'Golden Clogs Dutch mountains' 2012     Dirty Applied Art and Crafts at Sandberg Institute 2011     3D printing - the craft of the 21st century 2011     Interactive connections of humans and technology 2011     Jewellery maker Ineke Heerkens 2011     Textile Lab AUDAX 2011     Lace - fragile threedimensionality 2010     Laser cutting in the making of a book 2010     Heat in modern textiles 2010     Mapping Dutch Conceptual Crafts 2009     studio talk with Andrea Wagner 'Tales of migration' 2010     The colour green of jewellerymaker Ineke Heerkens 2008     Kaunas Art Biennial 2007     Beyond Material 2006     East meets West 2005     Bauhaus revisited 2005     American Pies 2004     
TALKING CERAMICS is a collection of interviews with artist-in-residence alumni who worked at the EKWC from 1991 to 2016. 50 artists, architects and designers talk about working with ceramics and offer a glimpse into their personal creative processes. The central focus is their irrepressible curiosity and the place that gave them total freedom to explore, the EKWC.
The most important question in the interviews was whether any failures during the working process has led to revelations. Such moments are often turning points, moments in which boundaries are broken, discoveries are made and a crucial step is taken in one’s work. It is the point at which frustrations are let go and the mistake becomes an ‘aha-moment’, leading to a new beginning. What follows is the realisation that one must work with the properties of the material and adjust one’s expectations for the outcome. These are the most important cognitive steps in every learning process. The optimum conditions for learning and ground-breaking renewal is an environment in which an idea is allowed to grow, without external judgement. The EKWC is such a place: unique, safe and challenging. Here, ceramics keeps redefining itself, again and again.  
I would like to thank the alumni for sharing their stories so openly.
Monika E. Auch, june 2016