Atelier NL

Atelier NL develops products that showcase the richness of the earth and the value of local raw materials. Each earthly element tells a different story and yields a different product. Atelier NL’s work is based on a passionate and unique research methodology that analyzes the hidden narratives of the earth and all that it produces. Atelier NL speaks to the graceful subtleties of the natural world by reshaping raw earth elements into tangible, everyday objects.

On a deeper level

the work of Nadine Sterk and Lonny van Ryswyck calls for an expanded valuation of local sourcing and production. Their research-based projects aim to reveal and inspire while opening the eyes of the general public and industry specialists alike.


For an installation at the Hannemahuis musem in Harlingen Atelier NL developed a modern readaptation of the popular blue and white tiles that this area is known for. In collaboration with the Albarello Tile Factory Atelier NL portrayed their own craft of clay digging in on the tiles experimenting with computer-based image transferring techniques.

Atelier NL develops products that showcase the richness of the earth and the value of local raw materials.

contemporary craft

They portrayed their own contemporary craft of digging in Dutch farmlands on the tiles, pictures that speak to the value of individual labor and the physicality of getting your hands in the dirt. Traditionally images are transferred to the ceramics by means of a dotted line that act as a guide for painters. In collaboration with the Albarello tilefactory, Atelier NL transformed this process by using computer-based image transfer techniques, creating a contemporary visual language.

The Clay Diggers

The project as a whole serves as an eloquent and timely reminder of our roots; from craft and soil, to culture and geography.

 A selection of the tiles are available for sale in the online store of Atelier NL.


Want to know more about the project

“The Clay Diggers”?

Get in contact with Nadine Sterk en

Lonny van Ryswyck:

+3140 787 63 91

Highlighted Projects

Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics Leeuwarden

Albarello and the Leeuwarden Ceramic Museum join hands.

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Erasmushiem, Leeuwarden

Erasmushiem is a modern residential and care centre based on humanist principles.
Tiles with spirit and character that emphasise the human side of service and care were chosen for the interior of the new building.

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Traptegels voor museum Boijmans van Beuningen

Een impressie van onze werkwijze.

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