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Project: "Talking Ceramics I"
Company:Trapped in Suburbia
Designer(s): Trapped in Suburbia, Netherlands
Category: Print, Professional
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Entry Description: The necessity to bake this book in the oven before reading captures the excitement, anxiety and surprise in creating ceramics. The striking transformation from completely white to black reveals the cover design. The oven plays a major role in the ceramic process in which clay can only be controlled to a certain extent. Artists can spend weeks preparing their object yet when it finally goes into the oven control is taken out of their hands. Even the most experienced can open the oven after a weekend of firing to find disaster. The special edition of this book also features an extremely thin ceramic cover that inevitably will break. Thus, like the artist, making you experience the fragility and inadvertent beauty of the material. The EKWC is a prominent centre for ceramic experimentation. This book discusses the experiences and most importantly mistakes their past artists-in-residence have encountered.

About the Designer/Company
Trapped in Suburbia was born in the beginning of 2004 in ‘Mariahoeve’, a suburb of the Hague, Holland. It all started with Cuby Gerards and Karin Langeveld working from their home, a tiny apartment on the third floor. And because we like to use humour in our work we thought it was a good idea to put a little humour in the name as well. Hence the name ‘Trapped in Suburbia’. Cuby studied photography, graphic & typographic design and advertising. He started his career in advertising and returned to designing when we started Trapped in Suburbia, thus combining the best of both worlds. Karin studied graphic & typographic design and got her masters degree in Design at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. After working as an independent designer for several years she joined forces with Cuby and the result is Trapped in Suburbia. Since 2006 Karin teaches typography to third grade students of the art school in Utrecht. Next to the design agency we also run the art gallery ‘Ship of Fools’ with which we focus on contemporary graphic arts. We also organise creative events like ‘Don’t Believe The Type’ and ‘Analog Fest’. We like to inspire not only ourselves but also other designers and give them an opportunity to present themselves and interact with each other.