As of May 11, 2017, the province of Limburg is 150 years old. In addition, it is the origin of Atelier NL’s second ZandGlas edition. Atelier NL’s unique glasobjects can be admired and purchased from the 19th to the 21st of May during Designday in Maastricht. The same weekend, the first ZandGlas edition from the Zandmotor will be exhibited at Festival Designkwartier in The Hague.
On the same day that Limburg celebrated its 150th anniversary, Atelier NL was busy at work. Along with renowned glass blower Gert Bullée, Nadine Sterk and Lonny van Ryswyck produced the first piece in their second ZandGlas edition on May 11th. The raw material is rusty brown sand from Savelsbos - a type of sand especially made available by State Forestry. A beautiful bronze green carafe and three glasses were produced from this sand, which has a special color and depth.
For this second edition, in particular, Atelier NL focused on the rust-brown sands of Savelsbos, a geological monument that hails from prehistory. Their second ZandGlas edition highlights a particular state forest management property in South Limburg. Visitors to the forest can easily see the natural features above the ground, but the beauty of what is underneath is not readily visible. The State Forestry service thus provided Atelier NL with several buckets of sand in order to commemorate Limburg’s 150 year anniversary; such a milestone deserves monumental recognition.
The name 'Savelsbos' refers to sand as a soil type (compare the French ‘sable’). Once upon a time, local sand was won on the top of this forest, which is part of the South Limburg chalk area. It is one of the richest forests in the field of spring flora and contains various housing types, each with their own characteristics. From State Forestry, Nadine and Lonny learned the story behind this particular geological monument.