“I really like eating and drinking,” says porcelain designer Sander
Luske. “And cooking is sometimes an experiment. That’s the way I
work with porcelain. I try to make every piece unique. I don’t want
it to be industrial. I like to give my work personality. You can
see it’s handcrafted, not industrial. It has a signature.”

His JP-12 dinner set, for instance, consists of plates, bowls and
cups made from black and white porcelain, glazed on the inside
only. The designer drips the black porcelain across the white,
Jackson-Pollock-style (hence the initials). Each piece is unique.
“It’s a bit like making a chocolate cake,” Luske says. “You might
drip the chocolate over the plate or the cake.”

His Stitch and Glue glazed porcelain kitchenware is made of white
pieces stuck together with blue porcelain ‘glue’. The set includes
cups, oil and vinegar bottles, and a lemon squeezer. “I gave the
glue a colour to show the process,” Luske says, “instead of
covering or removing it.”

Process is also visible in his lemonade cups made of ultra-thin
unglazed white porcelain. “I made models in cardboard and taped
them together,” he says. “Then I made a mould from it. You can
really see the folding of the paper and the tape.”

Sander Luske launched Luske Porcelain and Product Design in 2001.
He conceives, tests and makes all his pieces by hand in his home
workshop. Until 2000, he and Jan Broekstra ran JKN Arnhem, whose
work included a china service for the German firm Rosenthal. Luske
graduated from Arnhem’s ArtEZ art and design academy in 1993 and
has taught there since 1997.

Rotterdam’s Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen acquired Sander Luske’s
lemonade cups for its collection in 2005.

Laura Martz