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Project Ceramics and Its Dimensions


Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design (ETDM) is a partner in a 4-year project Ceramics and Its Dimensions co-supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Ceramics have always played a prominent role in the life of people in every European Country. Its products were items used on daily basis for decoration or representation; they were and are still present in private homes as well as public areas in towns and villages. Ceramics in Europe have been shaped by the strong interdependency in Europe’s cultural region, techniques and colours, as well as by being used in a historical-cultural context such as for eating and drinking, decoration or architecture. Ceramics connect people but they also enable regional differences, such as traditions, life-styles, and social or economic behaviour to be expressed and therefore develop an individual identity. Thanks to its characteristics and design possibilities, ceramics plays an outstanding role in the lives of people and will continue to do so.
The past few decades have changed both Europe and the world presenting new social and economic challenges. Over the course of globalization, our lifestyles have changed and are now closer to each other than ever before. There is also a real cultural interchange that is also giving an impact on the design of European ceramic.
This ambitious project will connect museums, architects, designers, industry, and stakeholders from different European countries to explore the material according to its cultural, historical, technical, and artistic aspects. The course of the project will be punctuated by a series of events: exhibitions, work- shops, symposiums in all partner countries to encourage knowledge in the field of ceramics and to develop an inter-cultural dialogue between European ceramics regions.

The project intends to analyze the evolution and the different ways of use of ceramics from the baroque period to the present time. It places a lot of importance in discovering the future by studying the evolution of ceramics according to new challenges such as the consumers’ needs, sustainable development and integration of minorities. Potential of new technologies will be explored to enable communication and access for numerous groups.


The project consists of 10 modules with partners from 11 countries, the leading partner being Porzellanikon from Selb, Germany.

ETDM is participating intensively in two modules - on the history of ceramics and the relation of ceramics to the everyday. Already in the middle of 2015 the exhibition European Cultural Lifestyle In Ceramics – From Baroque Until Today will begin touring being displayed in Tallinn early 2017. ETDM is also participaing at the module Ceramics – What It Means To Me. Talking Heads. It is a set of interviews forming and mapping the relations to ceramics from the point of view of designers, enterprenuers and consumers.