Terroir Illustrated in 'Drawn from Clay' at 'Pioneers of Change' on Governors Island

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Photographs: Raphael Brion

Here's another exhibit at "Pioneers of Change on Governors Island in New York City (running through this weekend) that's worth checking out: "Drawn from Clay" by designers Nadine Sterk and Lonny van Ryswyck Atelier NL in which they explored the fields and meticulously documented the particularities of the soil in the Noordoostpolder area of central Netherlands. They then used the soil to make ceramics tied to their related plots of land.

Each plot of land offered clay in a variety of colors and textures, determined in part by which kinds of vegetables or flowers were grown in the soil. The clay was then used to make chips and ceramic pieces, each cataloged and numbered, tying them specifically back to the land from where they came. For example: "A frosted yellow cup from Brunssum, a smooth, shiny, dark brown from Woerden, a rough terra cotta from Gilze-Rijen." Alongside the exhibit are photographs of farmers on their plots by Paul Scala, revealing the deep relationship between origin, identity, and terroir.

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Pioneers of Change runs Sept. 11-13 and 17-20, on Governors Island.
"Drawn from Clay" is in House 8B: Gravesend / 's Gravesande

—Raphael Brion

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