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The Essential List: Anya Kruzmetra



Glassworks Amsterdam’s head of production has very specific tastes in porcelain and can’t stop talking about music once she gets going

The Essential List: Anya Kruzmetra

A Sydneysider by birth, Glassworks’ head of production has lived in Amsterdam for quite a few years now and is completely at ease with the culture and way of life there. Professionally, she’s worked on various local brands and has also produced work for huge international clients such as Nike, Samsung, Netflix, Tesco, and 

When we read that she has a passion for ‘60s Japanese porcelain cats and is often seen around Amsterdam rummaging through the vinyl catalogues in vintage stores for obscure ‘70s film soundtracks, we knew we had to ask her to share her Essential List.


o Place of birth: Sydney, Australia

o Hometown: (Right now) Amsterdam, the Netherlands 

o Staycation: Any flea market or music venue

o Vacation: Anywhere with fresh snow and mountains

o Place of work: Glassworks, Amsterdam

o Place of workout: Hahahaha! Bike ride to and from work

o Mode of transport: Omafiet

o Miscellaneous Travel Essential: My partner


o Artist: Tricky …. Some of the light installation work by James Turrell is powerful. I like art that gives you a heavy experience so I generally go for installations

o Musician: The new Nonn album is !!!! Also anything by my friends Buzz Kull and Minor Crime. I saw Drab Majesty play a few weeks back. They are ace live. And I’ve just discovered the ‘Screen Memories’ album by John Maus … I could answer this question all day…

o Commercials director: That’s a hard one

o Film director: Denis Villeneuve, Andrei Tarkovsky and Taika Waititi

o Photographer: Hiroshi Sugimoto, Ansel Adams

o Film: There’s too many!!! Today I would say ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’, ‘Solaris’… Tomorrow it will be something else

o Series: Takes too much time, I don’t have much patience for series though I don’t mind dipping into Rick and Morty

o Commercial: 

o Music Video: 

o Book: I haven’t read a full book in ages

o Newspaper (off or online): I listen to BBC World News in the mornings. 

o Magazine: Subbacultcha quarterly 

o Podcast: [ABC] Radio National

o Miscellaneous Art: I miss my 1960s Japanese’s ceramic cats. Sadly I had to leave them in Australia. Recently, I’m getting into 1960s West German pottery lamps

Food and Drink

o Restaurant: Anything made by my friend Ana. Her pho is the business

o Cheap bite: Vatten Ramen on the Kerkstraat

o Working lunch: Salad and black tea

o Dish: Kao Soi – Chaing Mai Curry Noodles 

o Snack: Salted liquorice  

o Guilty Pleasure: Chips with gravy

o Bar: Rooie Nelis in the Jordaan

o Tipple: Vodka 

o Soft Tipple: Vodka with ice

o Miscellaneous food: Anything noodle or gravy based

o Miscellaneous Beverage: Cold coffee on ice


o Phone: iPhone X

o Computer: Macbook

o TV: YouTube

o Headphones: As long as they’re noise cancelling 

o Camera: Olympus OM20  

o Soundsystem: Record player in the lounge, cassette tapes in the kitchen. 

o Pen / pencil: Prefer typing 

o Where you document an idea: Out loud to my partner

o App: Buinradar (it rains a lot in AMS) / Instagram / Messenger / WhatsApp

o Website: Google / Bandcamp / Soundcloud / YouTube / Songkick

o Blog: and

o Work program: Excel

o Digital work tool: Google Drive 

o Analogue work tool: Glasses

o Grooming: I try

o Miscellaneous Kit Essential: Sandalwood Oil

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