Five Star Crockery by Judith Montens


Amsterdam designer Judith Montens of Dutch collective Klad-Blok has created a series of crockery depicting cars, pile-ups and crashes.

Called Five Star Crockery, the pieces were inspired by the collections and obsessions of celebrities including television host Jay Leno.

Another series covered in insects was inspired by the collection of actor Johnny Depp.

Here's some more text from Judith Montens:


Dutch designer Judith Montens presents a Five star Crockery.

Within “Klad-blok” a collective with six handwritings and disciplines, Judith Montens works since February 2009 on a five star crockery.

This Crockery is based on the collections of celebrities.

The collections of J.Leno and J Depp – consisting mainly of cars and insects - are the first two cornerstones.

With making a crockery Judith Montens reaches back to the days where the setting of the table and the tableware would display one’s wealth.

Plates with golden edges, silver cutlery, but most of all the centre pieces, showpieces on which one’s wealth would be displayed in a sculptural way.

With these collected pieces Judith Montens writes intuitive stories, and calls them ceramic short poems.

Posted on Sunday December 6th 2009 at 12:22 pm by Natasha Lyons. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • crash test in plate?

  • new friends for Hella Jongerus’s friendly animals ? Arty followers of Alberto Alessi’s friendly products?

  • I like the insect ones but the car wreck things are just nasty.


    dont get in. where am i going to put my fish fingers?

  • L

    How do they relate to Johnny Depp and Jay Leno? Cause they like cars? Or Insects?

    …. Seriously!?

  • Wow!

    This work is amazing.
    Is it for sale somewhere?

  • I really like this. These are not just plates, these objects are more sculptures presented to you on a plate with a refference back to the old days where you show what you have through your tablewhere. And come on of coarse you don’t eat fish fingers of them.

  • Bon Bonne

    Dear all and the ones who will Follow,
    Last Sunday I was happily surprised when this work crossed my eyes again. Ceramic poems, triggered by a personal interest of collecting. The first time I saw this work was at the Dutch Design Week and as I remember well, it was the kick off of a longer and bigger project. Back then it was presented within the context of a collective named “klad-blok”, but seeing them now as independent pieces, I even love them more.
    Although i do want to quote something the Klad-blok website – I translate the dutch manifest they wrote in the best way I could – : “Deconstruct the protected framework surrounding art and design and study on what exist without a shame. The quest for the authentic idea is exhausting and consuming, we insist to not spend any energy on that!”, combined with the “klad-blok” statement of being a open book I do believe “Klad-Blok” and Judith Montens achieved a good way to proceed with open-source-design and to deliberate them of all the design-issues that block you from having fun. And what we see for sure, is that Judith really loves to design, to “create”. She enjoys working, and I really hope she keep’s expanding this collection, even despite some reaction what apparently will always be part of open source.
    Dear Judith, go on!!!!!!

  • tiffany

    Since Hella Jongerius rediscovered the old tradition of adding 3d objects in/on plates and bowls, she inspired lot’s of others to do the same. But this is the biggest non sense so far

  • Zjazja

    I have to say this design is really appealing and just because they are 3d objects, I think it looks nothing like hella’s plates. Hella’s plate shave a completely different look and have a comletely different meaning.
    At least this design and the concept of klad-blok is finally a new vision instead of just a nice picture.
    Besides Klad-blok is all about open source and getting rid of the ‘protected design Everybody get of that Island!

  • Where do I place my fettucini?