The “MUDERNISM” collection celebrates prehistoric design icons, glazed with materials extracted from modern wastewater treatment. All pieces are handmade at the designer’s studio in Amsterdam.
All living species drink water, but we as humans elevated ourselves above plants and animals by designing objects in which we give shape to the water before we drink it.
Archaeologists discovered ceramic designs from around 6368 Before Present buried in the Dutch earth. Studio Billie van Katwijk pays homage to this pioneering Dutch design with a reimagining of a classic: the funnel beaker. We glaze the ancient mudshape with the residue of latest scientific explorations.
MUDERNISM is a glaze. The thin layer that separates us from our earliest ancestors.
MUDERNISM consists of the most modern mud that we can distill from water: Kaumera.
MUDERNISM gives you a hyper-prehistoric drinking experience.
We are part of the cycle of water.
We are temporary containers.
We’ve always been and always will be.
MUDERNISM is an ongoing project. Studio Billie van Katwijk is currently researching different by products of the wastewater purification process. Billie also works on site specific projects connecting with local clay, heritage and wastewater.