The piece we did for the “Dutch Darling competition”
you can still vote for us!
if you are at the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven please vote for us:) (at the Klokgebouw, the Dutch Darling stand)
SAIL ALONG is a ceramic and wood souvenir boat, candleholder.
This is a collaborative project between Jonathan Cao and Kesem Yahav.
As a couple – one cabinetmaker and the other a ceramic designer, it was natural to combine these different media together, the wood and the ceramic.
How we came up with this idea –
Sail Boats have a natural beauty and craftsmanship in their shape; Jonathan’s background in boat building drew us to incorporate it in our design.
Ceramic being an old Dutch tradition completed the connection between us and Dutch craftsmanship.
The Story behind the design –
We designed a souvenir based on a traditional Dutch craft, Our design got inspiration from the Botter, The Botter is an old Dutch fishing boat, originated in the 2nd half of the 18th century, built primarily from oak. The Botter is perhaps the best known of all Dutch boats and is considered to be beautiful because of its wide tall bow and narrow low rear.
About the design –
The souvenir is made from oak and white glazed ceramic with handmade decoration; we designed and made the piece our self.
We have made a geometrical simplification of the boat shape, giving it a new look that can reach a big audience. The interaction between the two materials creates a unique design, which highlights the contrast of the materials, texture, color and shape, while creating a surprising new harmonious fusion. This symbiotic relationship maintains a clean, refined aesthetic into a unified and unique design.
You are welcome to create your beautiful piece in my ceramic workshop!
Next workshop – Intro to clay workshop
when – October 28 Tuesday, 19:00 – 21:30
where – Kesemy design shop, Saenredamstraat 65 1072CD Amsterdam (near Albert Cuyp market, Directions – Tram 16 and 24, Get off at Albert Cuypstraat stop, Walk About 2 min, 170 m)
how much – single class of 2.5 hours is 25 euro includes materials and firing.
The workshop will start with minimum of 5 participants.
Please mail me to to check availability – firstname.lastname@example.org
Intro to clay workshop
This workshop is for people who are curious about clay and want to experiment it for the first time (or the second!) In the workshop you will learn about hand building technieuqs, (forming, slab, pinching). Each one will create his/her own object using these techniques. You will create your own object from scratch.
This workshop is a wonderful way to learn about clay and spend a relaxing creative time with your friends!
This workshop includes all materials and hot drinks.
No experience necessary, the workshop is intended for beginners and the more experienced
Relaxed and supportive environment
The classes are held in my studio & shop in Amsterdam