Marcel Wanders, designer of Tabernacle
"This piece shows the powerful nature of clay and the originality of its design"
Traditionally, a Tabernacle is a miniaturized object with a visible interior space, with a horizontal or vertical opening and a light source designed to contain something precious. Tabernacle (2018) is born out of the collaboration between Marcel Wanders’ sculpting and Wilma Plaisier’s Delft Blue painting and reinterprets this typology in a contemporary way.
Tabernacle shows the powerful nature of clay and the originality of its design. The artwork is freehand sculpted by Wanders and decorated by mater painter Wilma Plaisier of Heinen Delft Blue. Tabernacle got its finished look when oven burned and fired. Its masculine shape is transformed into a more elegant, feminine piece that extends a flowery, friendly touch. "Delft blue is important to me because it is part of my nation, it is my team. It's my aunt and uncles that have made this for hundreds of years. It is my culture that I can embrace", Wanders says about his design.
In 2018 Tabernacle was on display on the very first edition of Homo Faber in Venice. This new cultural movement aims to celebrate and support European master artisans handcrafting objects of true excellence. Homo Faber is organised by the Michelangelo Foundation.
Tabernacle by Marcel Wanders and Wilma Plaisier, 2018
Produced at Heinen Delfts Blauw