An extraordinary internship
In May 2017 Royal Goedewaagen receives an application for an internship of three-months from Finland. Not just the application from a Finnish student is an interesting fact, but also the fact that Aino Laiho, a 24 years old student from the Hämeenlinna University of Applied Sciences Glass & Ceramics, is deaf and communicates by means of sign language. Aino Laiho turned out to be a strong young woman, not afraid of any challenges, who aspired to do an internship abroad at a craft business.
Royal Goedewaagen is such a craft business. From the very beginning, Royal Goedewaagen has been an innovative and challenging business. Therefore, we were curious to exchange our creative ideas with Aino and offered her the opportunity to do an internship at Royal Goedewaagen in Nieuw-Buinen, The Netherlands. The internship demanded some exceptional preparations as Aino uses sign language to communicate. Thus, an interpreter for the deaf needed to be arranged in order to make communication possible.
When Aino started her internship, she was accompanied by two different interpreters. One interpreter translated from Finnish to English, whereas the other translated from English sign language to the Dutch spoken language. Once Aino was settled down, she immediately felt welcome and got the chance to work at different department within Royal Goedewaagen. The decoration department in particular kindles her interest.
At this department she focused on attaching extant and new decorations applied with all different techniques that are known by the professionals of Royal Goedewaagen. During this period Aino decorated an extant bold mug with elegant images from the beautiful Gouds Plateel series ‘Amata’. In this manner the creativity exchange got shaped resulting in launching these series Gouds Plateel ‘Amata’ mugs. These mugs are now available in our webshop.