Winterslag colliery


Genk had no fewer than three mines on its territory: Winterslag, Zwartberg, and Waterschei. The old mining site in Winterslag is these days known as C-mine.

Above and below ground

At C-mine, you can relive the life of a miner. An underground interactive experience trail with innovative installations stimulates all your senses. You experience how dark it was in the corridors, you hear the miners shuffling past... Be sure to climb up the 60-meter high shaft tower with a phenomenal view.

C-mine - © Guy van Grinsven

What’s in a name?

The C in C-mine stands for creativity. And they really are creative here! Ceramic artist Piet Stockmans has his studio in the former metal store. The artistic and architectural duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh has built a large maze on the inner courtyard. And the LUCA School of Arts is located here.

C-mine - © Guy van Grinsven
Studio Pieter Stockmans - Biscuit placemat and windlights

Studio Pieter Stockmans

Studio Pieter Stockmans was set up in 1987 to provide a place for craft production for porcelain in limited series using special techniques, and to make room for experiment. The Studio stands for group work or, rather, collaboration. Because Stockmans’ daughter Widukind is also actively involved.
Since 1997 she has been head of the Studio. Stockmans designs installations, interior objects and exclusive tableware for toprestaurants.

Expo "Piet 80"

On the occasion of Piet Stockmans' 80th birthday, there is a new exhibition in the former metal warehouse of the Winterslag mine in C-mine, where Studio Pieter Stockmans is located.
Piet Stockmans is showing new free work. After more than 50 years of working with porcelain, he continues to have new applications.
He has planned a large installation in the middle of the 1200 m2 space.
But new wall installations and floor installations are also included in this museum space, which is filled with daylight.
An exceptional book will be published for his 80th birthday.
Printed on 300 copies in A3 size, 29.7x42cm.
All books are signed by the artist.
There will be three versions, one of which will be combined with porcelain.

Frank Claesen, who has been designing for the Studio Pieter Stockmans since 1998, pays tribute to Piet Stockmans for this birthday expo. In the past year he has worked on 6 new designs in which he has converted a typical Piet Stockmans element into a porcelain object. Each design with its own story. From now on Frank is chief designer for the Studio Pieter Stockmans brand.
Both designers propose some limited editions.