François Dumas: Wax, chalk and ice

Post-fossil freeform master class, 19 – 23 June / 27 June – 1 July

Plastic materials are the embodiment par excellence of the near-infinite freedom humanity has attained in giving form to itself. It is an incision, thus, of near traumatic depth that this class of materials would get to meet its finitude as oil, the matter of its essence, is draining and phased out for its increasing scarcity and ecologically harmful impact.

How do we meet, and meet ourselves at, this threshold between habitual unlimited­ness and the coming-to-an-end of the oil age? Can we pay tribute to the freedoms plastic is yet granting us by seeking processes that allow us to express them without violating our future?

François Dumas’ master class Wax, chalk and ice, will explore these questions in a five-day hands-on workshop. Participants will be acquainted with and develop themselves different modalities of shaping matter by guiding and accompanying them through their different chemical and aggregate states, shaping environmental conditions as much as the materials themselves to refind malleability. Through this, the workshop will focus on devising systems of production as ‘machines for living,’ rather than objects for consumption, so as to detect methods of forming in non-exhaustive ways.

François Dumas: About the host

François Dumas is a designer based in Amsterdam. After studying in Reims and work­ing at the Bouroullec studio in Paris, he graduated from the Design Academy Eind­ho­ven in 2009. He won the Villa Noailles’s Design Parade grand prize in 2010.

Dumas’ work has been exhibited across Europe and includes collaborations with Camper, Kvadrat, the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne and Sèvres Cité de la Céramique. In 2010 Dumas co-founded Krux Amster­dam, a post-disciplinary workspace and home to over thirty creative resi­dents where he produced design work­shops with numerous industrial and cultural insti­tutional partners. Since 2017, Dumas has been the lecturer for product and spatial design at HEAD-Genève, Switzerland.

Workshop details

Wax, chalk and ice is a five-day master class that we offer two times:

Workshop 1: Sunday, 19 June – Thursday, 23 June
Workshop 2: Monday, 27 June – Friday, 1 July

Daily participation will be full-time. The detailed workshop schedule will be announced soon on this page.


English with Finnish translation

Participation requirements

The Wax, chalk and ice master class is intended for participants who have a degree of experience with physical work that will allow them to act independently in this exploratory setting. The minimum age for participation is 18 years.

Participation and pricing options

There are two participation packages: Those willing to share accommodation and organize their food themselves can choose the participation + crash package. Those who wish to have single-room accommodation provided together with free breakfast, lunch and dinner at Restaurant Toivo during the workshop days can choose the single room + full board option.

The per person package prices are:

Participation + crash: 490 €

Includes a bed in a shared apartment with shared shower, shared or individual bathroom (depending on the apartment) and basic equipment to prepare food.

Participation + single room + full board: 950 €

Includes accommodation for four nights in a single-room apartment with individual bathroom, shower and kitchen, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner on the five workshop days.


To take part in the workshop, please send us your contact information, the indication of your preferred workshop time(s), whether or not you like us to book accommodation and food for you in addition to your workshop participation, as well as any questions you have and anything else that would be good for us to know, via the registration button below.

Registration is open until one week before the first day of each workshop:

For workshop 1, apply by Sunday, 12 June
For workshop 2, apply by Monday, 20 June

Confirmation and payment

Once confirmed by us, your registration is your binding commitment to participate in the workshop you have selected. However, a minimum number of registrations will be required for the workshop to be realized. Once we receive the minimum amount of registrations, we will contact you with the invoice for your participation fee. You will not be asked to pay anything before we send you the participation fee invoice.


For questions regarding the workshop or the registration process, please get in touch with the curator of the summer workshop programme, Martin Born: