Algae to ashes, ashes to glazes

Moment of knowledge exchange on algae glazing with The Atlas of Ovens

Wednesday, May 10, from 13:30-17:30
Pilar (on the VUB Campus), Brussels

This workshop is an interaction between different artistic and academic researchers with backgrounds in ceramics, architecture and the arts. It is meant as an informal gathering in the fumes of seaweed to exchange interests, knowledge and practices. Above all, it is a unique opportunity to see how Jean-François Paquay proceeds in his work with ashes, and to participate in the research on algae.

Photo by Greet Brauwers - Click for high res
  • 13:30 – Welcome and introduction of the Atlas of Ovens with Ciel Grommen, Maximiliaan Royakkers and Clémentine Vaultier
  • 13:45 – Visit of the exhibition Tidal Zone Experiences with Filip Van Dingenen, Hélène Meyer and Jean-François Paquay
  • 14:30 – Start of the practice around the oven: algae burning, ash processing and sample preparation with Jean-François Paquay, chemical analysis with Alicia Van Ham-Meert, dry smoke printing with Dries Segers, presentation of A Seat for the Sea by Raf Custers and Greet Brauwers, playing with clay, discussion and reading etc.
  • 17:30 – End

The Atlas of Ovens is an artistic research project that explores the physical and social aspects of heat practices. It is a collaboration between Clémentine Vaultier, Maximiliaan Royakkers and Ciel Grommen, who bring their backgrounds in architecture and ceramics into the project. By studying and using infrastructures that contain and guide heat, such as ovens, they explore how to transform matter while also examining our relationships to communities and territories. As part of their research, they host workshops with different heat practitioners, including stove builders and bakers.