Discovered in Delft

A collection of cups Maaike Roozenburg in partnership with Erfgoed Delft e.o., Technische Universiteit Delft and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Delft is rich in history; an old city with an illustrious past. This wealth of history is therefore reflected in a large collection of wonderful archaeological finds from the city. A collection which represents the characteristic past of Delft. Archaeological finds, such as everyday utensils made from ceramics, glass and metal, would normally be exhibited behind glass within museum walls. We may look at them, admire them but not touch them. Let alone use them! Maaike Roozenburg not only wants to exhibit the beauty of these finds, of these old utensils but also to have us experience them again.

In the Discovered in Delft project, she has made use 3D scanning and printing techniques to render accessible that which is possibly the most vulnerable heritage: glassware. Together with the Technical University of Delft, she used medical CT scan equipment to scan this glassware. The resultant 'data' was then printed in various manners on 3D printers, and used to form moulds in which porcelain could be cast. The result is a series of porcelain cups which has rendered the ‘untouchable’ utensils from an archaeological collection dishwasher proof. Heritage is back on the kitchen table.

The four glasses on which this project is based are a so-called ‘nodule cup’, a ‘cup on blackberry buds’, a ‘cup with glass filament decoration' and a ‘cup with drawn base’. They are all part of the Henkes Collection at the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum and the Delft Archaeological Heritage Collection.

Discovered in Delft; a collection of cups is a project developed by Maaike Roozenburg in collaboration with the Technical University of Delft, Delft Archaeological Heritage and Boijmans van Beuningen Museum.

The four porcelain cups are sold in a box with information about the project in a limited edition.
Sales price 125,- euro.

with gratitude to
ir. Jouke Verlinden (Industrial Design Faculty TU Delft)
ir W. Verwaal (Civil Engineering Faculty TU Delft)
ir. W. Song (Industrial Design Faculty TU Delft)
Dr. A. Van Dongen (curator pre-industrial utensils at Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum)
Dr. S. Jongma (Delft Archaeological Heritage)
Dr. N. Jaspers (specialist in ceramic Archaeo projects)
Dr. S. Ostkamp (specialist in ceramic Archaeo projects)
Dr. H. Henkes
Dr. J. Zuyderwijk (Archaeological Department of Apeldoorn)
Elsa Noske, Sisko Roosenboom, Michel Haak, Astrid van Til, Rob Scharff (students at TU Delft)