For a lot of artists who start the residency, ceramics is a relatively unknown medium. That’s why technical supervisors always demonstrates the many different possibilities of ceramics at the beginning of the year. The many tiles on the wall are samples of various glazes, which can form the basis of self-composed glazes. In addition to four different basic glazes there’s a collection of 40 coloring oxides and pigments, which together create a nearly infinite color palette. Attached to the department are facilities for ‘warm’ glass, such as working with fused glass molds and molding in the oven. For blown glass the ceramics department works together with external parties.
Sometimes, small ceramic objects are needed as a part of a larger installation, sometimes artists make life-size sculptures. The largest oven of the workplace can handle sculptures over two meters high, and is one of the largest ovens in Europe.
The ceramics department collaborates on a regular basis with the graphics department, for example to print objects with ceramic transfers.
It also happens that artists deliberately want to make ceramic objects for the purpose of destroying them again later, for instance for a video work or a performance. In 2011 Daniel Barrocca searched for a way to heat a bust in the oven in a way that it willfully would explode.
Often traditional materials are used in an innovative way; for example architects Anouk Vogel and Johan Selbing who made a ceramic maquette for the Prix de Rome Architecture competition.
Ceramics is often used for work in public space. Sometimes former residents with assignments intended for public space, come back for advice. Pieter Kemink: "If you use the right materials, it will remain beautiful forever."