Cup | Circular Collection | Set of 2
Buyback Value: £6.50
Made in Portugal
End of Life
This product is part of The Reinvention Program. That means you can send it back to us if you don’t want it anymore. Please go to your order history and submit a request. We will arrange a return for your product so it can have a second life, and you will be rewarded with a refund that you can redeem on your future orders.
Condition Buyback Value Excellent £5.9 - £8.88 Good £3.93 - £5.92 Average £2.95 - £4.44 Salvage £2.36 - £3.55
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Ceramic production goes hand in hand with waste. It’s a labour-intensive process, and failures can happen along the complete process. Lotte Douwes start with raw clay, which is fragile and can easily deform when wet. But raw clay is very easy to reclaim. It’s a matter of sorting, collecting, drying and mixing it into new clay.
Once raw clay is bisque fired, it’s still very fragile and porous, perfect to do another quality control, sand away unevenness and glaze. Once cracked, chipped, or damaged, it’s become useless. But not for Lotte Douwes. She uses bisque waste for its unique quality. It can leave beautiful structures and coloured speckles in clay and functions well as a grog (chamotte) after bisque comes to the high fire.
At the highest temperature, colours become visible. Glaze starts to melt, and clay shrinks into its final shape. Once the kiln is cooled down, which usually takes two days, we can open it and do a quality check on all items. Especially when using porcelain, deformation is one of the main failures causing fallouts. But also pinholes in glaze surfaces, cracks or other damages can occur, making it impossible to sell or use. Especially at large production houses, this waste stream of high-fired clay is the end of the cycle. This is a problem, thinking about fast (‘cheap’) production producing about 50% of waste!
To come up with an alternative, Lotte Douwes has done research on how the high-fired waste stream can enrich new ceramic ware and become part of an endless production cycle. Through this research, she wants to contribute to a sustainable future and develop solutions for scarcity and reduction of mining resources. Read more about the research project Shadows of Light Lotte did in Jingdezhen, China, focussing on its famous unique super white clay.