Air pollution


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Air pollution

Photos: Roel van Tour


The air quality is not good. Every day, we unnoticed inhale soot, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, of which we are the producers ourselves. Architect Iris de Kievith and designer Annemarie Piscaer found a way to harvest fine dust and use it as glaze for ceramics. With the colour that the particulate matter gives, the poor air quality is made visible, and even tangible. Because the use of tableware, your breakfast plate and your coffee cup, in intimacy, is related to breathing, it was chosen as a medium for raising awareness of air pollution. Part of the project is “participative urban mining”; you can participate in the harvesting of the dust. This is certainly possible in cities where air quality must be brought to the attention, home and abroad. After all, the wind blows the dust everywhere.

Additional information

The powder (the air pollution) is used for the glaze, only a transparent glaze is used as a medium, there are no additives, colours used. The different materials in the fine dust, like sand, iron particles determine the colour. These materials are commonly used by ceramist, however never in this curious melange.

Information submitted by the maker and edited by the Future Materials Bank.


porcelain, transparent glaze, air pollution