Ceramic Futures: From Poetry to Science Fiction is a project organized by Cersaie – International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings to link ceramic, social networks, design and creativity by students coming from four international schools (http://www.ceramicfutures.com/2/).

The project is intended as a “game and again – for this 2nd edition in 2014 – is curated by Stefano Mirti. The project is held in collaboration with Accademia delle Belle Arti di Bologna, École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (EnsAD), ELISAVA and Politecnico di Milano (http://www.ceramicfutures.com/2/schools).

Cersaie is the leading sector institution which is responsible for the international exhibition of ceramic tiles, bathroom and kitchen furnishing, as well as raw ceramic materials and tools. Cersaie values young talents as the next generation of leading thinkers and innovators. With this in mind, it commissioned a project to Stefano Mirti to challenge 4 groups of young design students to work together during May and June 2014.


The project lhas just aunched with a two-day workshop (May 12-13) in which professors / tutors will discuss the project framework, themes, timeframe and visit local manufacturers. The project duration is 8 weeks and will terminate with an exhibition and a symposium during Cersaie 2014. The most interesting projects and their deliverables will be exhibited during the international exhibition of Cersaie 2014 (September 22–26). A selection of the best works will be featured in the second edition of the Ceramic Futures book

Since the schools are in different cities/countries, the interactions between students, tutors and professors will take place on social media and will be accessible to the public. The project combines  the traditional techniques of design with a dedicated online platform connected to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The participants  will actively observe, comment, ask questions and interact in a Google+ community


Ceramics come from a technology that has followed four hundred generations of human civilization: more than ten thousand years of history between cultures, countries and places, all very diverse from one another. The brief seeks to explore and challenge the versatility of ceramic both as a creative and functional medium – a material that is universal and unique, sustainable and enduring, while also being one of the oldest.

Ceramic Futures (https://twitter.com/CeramicFutures) is intended as a sort of “playful exercise” to encourage open debate, interaction and constructive competition among young design students from different schools. With this project we would like the students to explore imaginative products and future contexts for ceramic. The students will be encouraged to develop design propositions that may encompass poetry, narrative, functionality, fiction, and have complexity and ambition, taking full consideration of the relative social and cultural contextual drivers.


The project finally comprises four research themes (verbs): to walk, to eat, to love and to sleep. Digicult will work alongside the students and the team to document the project for media exposure.