6-14 October 2017

Open Call: Innovative Crafts Lab (Clay & Glassblowing)

By Amman Design Week
On Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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Amman Design Week and CreaCities invite designers, artists, architects, and creatives interested in creating a new collection that integrates their expertise with two traditional local crafts; clay and glassblowing.

The program will select five participants, who will have the unique opportunity to work hand-in-hand with local craftsmen to produce a new collection of unique, multifaceted design pieces that combine clay and glass. The pieces will be researched, conceptualized, and produced during the program, and debuted to an international audience at Amman Design Week 2019.

The Innovative Crafts Lab will take place over four phases, starting with a three-day (21 hour) hands-on design lab, running from 21 - 23 September, 2018. Participants will be engaged in a process of co-creation over the subsequent three phases, and will be offered a seed fund of up to JOD 300, as well as guidance and mentorship by Samer Yamani, the Creative Director of CreaCities, and Matteo Silvero, a glassblowing expert from Murano Italy.

Interested applicants must submit their project proposals and applications online here by the 2nd of September, 2018.

This program is sponsored by EUNIC Jordan, Amman Design Week, and Instituto Cervantes.


About the Program

The Innovative Crafts Lab will take place over four phases (6 weeks total):

  • Phase 1: Design Lab: 3 days

    • Participants will be working with the CreaCities Creative Director to brainstorm, research, and conceptualize their project

    • The design lab includes meetings with local craftspeople and site visits to crafts and making facilities

  • Phase 2: Research, concept design, and online coaching: 2 weeks (4h)

    • Participants will continue to develop their products in collaboration with selected craftspeople to develop a fresh concept. Each designer will have a 2-hour online  weekly session with CreaCities team for creative and technical support.

  • Phase 3: Design development, prototyping and online coaching: 1 week (1h)

    • Participants will have a 1-hour online session with the CreaCities team to develop the final design and prepare the prototype production.

  • Phase 4: Prototype production: Clay and Glass: 2 weeks

    • Participants will work with selected craftspeople to produce works using clay and glass.


About the Facilitators

CreaCities is an acceleration program for cultural and creative industries with a special focus on design. Through custom-made programs adapted to local needs, CreaCities offers participants a unique learning experience that merges online activities with one-to-one sessions. The experts conducting these programs are from various fields providing personalized coaching sessions, workshops, lectures, trips, and production consulting.

CreaCities programs provide emerging talent and professionals looking to upskill, and opportunities to interact with the creative ecosystems of the world’s most dynamic cities and activate them in their own city to nourish the local creative economy.

Amsterdam, Barcelona, Milan, Madrid, Paris, Ubrique, San Sebastian are some of the cities where CreaCities’ programs take place in sectors such as product design, furniture design, accessories design, advanced architecture, jewellery design and innovative gastronomy, among others.

For more info: www.CreaCities.net

Amman Design Week is an annual immersive experience in local and regional design and culture. Focused on creating a forum for learning, exchange and collaboration, this platform empowers designers through its comprehensive program of large-scale curated exhibitions, workshops, talks, and events.

Amman Design Week offers a platform to designers and creatives to showcase their work and connect with other designers, audiences, and opportunities. We believe in talent development and providing the support required to create a favorable ecosystem for local designers and their work to create an impact.

The third edition of Amman Design Week will take place in October 2019.


How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit their project proposals and applications online here by the 2nd of September, 2018.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be residents of Jordan for the duration of the workshop between the 21st of September, 2018 until the 3rd of November, 2018

  • Participants must commit to the full duration of the workshop.

  • The workshop is open to all local professionals, innovators, and designers that have a concept that they would like to expand on.

  • Applicants must submit proposed ideas as well as portfolios of previous work that demonstrate their ability to complete the workshop.

Submission Guidelines

  • Eligible participants are required to fill the online application form and submit a concept proposal in-line with the theme of the workshop.

  • Works may be submitted under the name of an institution, group, collective, or team.

  • Submitted proposal must be original work by the applicant himself/herself.

  • Submitted concepts must not be offensive, defamatory, harmful, vulgar, excessively violent, or racially or ethnically objectionable.

  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Only selected applicants will be contacted.

  • Shortlisted applicants will be given dates to present their concepts to Amman Design Week and CreaCities teams before selecting the final five participants.

Key Dates

  • 2 September – Deadline for Applications

  • 16 September – Final accepted applicants announced

  • 21-23 September – Design lab in Amman.

  • 3 November – Submission of Prototypes