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What can 3D-printing in clay bring to ceramic design?

We_are_vessels was born from a need for peer-to-peer contact between ceramic practitioners during the Covid-19 crisis. The goal of this project is to investigate the possibilities of a nomadic, international exhibition in which the exhibits - ceramic objects - can be manufactured on site using the ceramic 3D-printing technique. In its current form, the collective has 18 members, representing nine different nationalities, who work across three continents. Through online meetings, they have explored the universal theme of the vessel and ceramic 3D-printing together. The Gallery 3 pop-up exhibition presents the project's collaborative preliminary research.


This Thursday Night Live! Guest Programme is a satellite event of the Gallery 3 exhibition. After this event, guests are invited to visit the show.

19:30 – 21:00
also this evening

5pm-7.30pm | Thursday Bite
7.30pm - 9pm | Locating Enter: Digital Gardening

The museum is free to visit from 5-9pm.


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam




Stéphanie Baechler (Switzerland), Lori Ballage (France/Norway), Jin Cho (USA/ South Korea) and Jelle Feringa (the Netherlands), Ron Geibel (USA) and David Jones (United Kingdom), Erno Langenberg (the Netherlands), Pierluigi Pompei (Italy/ the Netherlands), Alison Safford (USA) and Ting Ju Shao (Taiwan), Meekyoung Shin (South Korea/United Kingdom), Tanja Smeets (the Netherlands), Samantha Thole (the Netherlands), Jonas Vansteenkiste (Belgium), Robin Vermeersch (Belgium), and Jonas Wijtenburg (the Netherlands)

The exhibition is curated by Bas Hendrikx. The visual design is created by Raoul Wilke/Studio Turbo. Organisation by Samantha Thole and Nico Thöne.

We_are_vessels is supported by Creative Industries Fund NL.

Thursday Night at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Luca Napoli

Thursday Night Live! is a weekly programme of lectures, screenings and discussions on architecture, design and digital culture. Developments and critical insights are discussed by thinkers, designers and makers from the Netherlands and abroad.