by Reinier Bosch and Carolina Wilcke
Varias Familias is a growing tableware set and will be further extended in the future as a result of inspirations by different cultures and collaborations with craftsman around the world.
All the products of the set will have their own identity, and together they will be like a family or group of friends; differences of color, material, skin, size and shape, but still a group. For generations this set will be evolving and growing.
The first six outcomes were inspired by a working period in China in 2013 and made from white porcelain.
The Varias Familias set arose while the couple was working in Shanghai and travelled to Jingdezhen, a village in the south-east of China, known for its white and transparent porcelain for centuries.
They ended up in The Sculpture Factory, an old part of the city with many small buildings and one main road leading through it. This is one of the many areas in Jingdezhen where porcelain production is done. It is actually not a factory, but an area with many self-employed craftsmen. All the craftsmen have their own specialization; model making, mold making, slip-casting, glazing, etc.
Amazed and inspired by the ability of the craftsmen and the possibilities the village offered, they immediately started collaborating with the people there and put up a small first production together.
They know who produces their products, have personal contact with craftsmen like Mr. Du (the slip caster)and know that their working circumstances are good. They are part of the family they are creating.