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Maarten De Ceulaer, balloon bowls

The Balloon Bowls are created by casting strong synthetic plaster into a balloon, after which a second balloon is inserted, and inflated. These two balloons act as flexible moulds, ensuring a unique shape for each and every bowl. Once the plaster is set, the balloons are removed, and a bowl appears. The colorants, which are added to the water prior to mixing it with the plaster powder, emerge differently each time again, creating uncontrolled and often spectacular color patterns. The bowls are finished with a special coating (matte or glossy) which reinforces the plaster, makes it waterproof and usable for many purposes, it is also dry food approved.
The process is an experimental review of a traditional ceramic practice. Read more

2007 BELGIAN YOUNG DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
MUSEUM COLLECTION CID GRAND-HORNU, MONS

About Maarten De Ceulaer

Maarten De Ceulaer (1983) was born in Belgium, started his design education at the Sint-Lukas Hogeschool in Brussels. Attracted by conceptual and narrative design, he continued his studies at the Design Academy Eindhoven. His graduation project 'A Pile of Suitcases' was immediately picked up and caught international attention for the highly evocative, poetic and playful touch De Ceulaer gives his objects.

He uses his work to tell stories, to stir people's emotions, to tickle their imagination or to make them wonder. A project can result from an observation of society, a reaction on something that crosses his path, but is mostly the expression of a very personal thought or feeling he wants to communicate. He continuously explores new materials and investigates in and plays with production techniques and crafts. The emotional and narrative aspect of objects is equally important for him as the functional.
His works have been awarded and nominated, featured in major international design publications and have been exhibited at galleries, museums, festivals and fairs worldwide.

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