Kirstie van Noort’s interestingly textured and meticulously pigmented ceramic creations is part of an inspiring process of seeing design as a means to communicate the story behind a material.
She is no ordinary ceramicist, having traveled multiple times to research the influences of different industries over landscapes and their unique colors. Through her detailed tests and experiments, she has come up with thoughtful concepts that illustrate the importance of understanding where certain products come from. During a trip to Cornwall she researched the influence of the mining industry over the surrounding areas, collecting samples of residue from porcelain, copper and tin. The intense colors she encountered during her research led her to create her own color chart with 120 different colors. The colors show the richness of the landscape in which they were once flourishing industries. In order to turn them into ceramic paint, the materials have been dried and ground, diluted with water and applied as a color coating to earthenware and china.