Why did you set up a studio in the Sphinxkwartier?
Jo and Marjo burst out laughing at this question. ‘It was pure coincidence,’ they say in concert. ‘Maastricht-LAB asked us if we wanted to open our studio in one of the wharf cellars at ‘t Bassin marina,’ says Marjo. ‘And believe me, it was a bit of a shock when we opened the doors! We found a dark cave that had always been used as a storage space. There were no facilities, and the air was musty. I couldn’t see anything good coming from it.’ But fortunately, Jo saw the light. ‘Once you open the doors, the space is flooded with light. And that’s exactly what a studio needs. What’s more, we are in an area that’s been shaped by craftspeople over the ages. And that’s exactly what we as Vormstof are committed to,’ says Jo.
What can visitors expect from Vormstof?
‘We founded Vormstof with the aim of putting porcelain and the porcelain manufacturing process back on the map. Not as an industry, but as a craft. Visitors to our studio can buy porcelain objects or even follow a course or workshop,’ Marjo explains. ‘We developed our own concept that enables every participant to make an amazing porcelain creation within a couple of hours,’ adds Jo. Jo and Marjo are constantly pushing the boundaries through co-creations, i.e. collaborations with other artists. Vormstof not only has espresso cups (which are dishwasher safe!) but also porcelain jewellery and lamps.
What do you want to achieve?
‘By processing and manufacturing applied porcelain products, we can contribute to Maastricht’s intangible heritage. And as far as we are concerned, this ambition deserves a permanent place in the Sphinxkwartier, the home of the city’s famous ceramics industry,’ says Marjo. Jo totally agrees. ‘We want to plant a small seed that we hope will grow into a strong, mature plant. We can make so many connections here and gain so much inspiration. It’s fantastic!’