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Call for tender KAHLA Kreativ Porcelain Workshop 2018

 

2nd October 2017

CALL FOR TENDER

7th International Porcelain Workshop
11th June –  6th July 2018 in Kahla

Tasting Tomorrow – Porcelain, Cuisine and Bauhaus

"Porcelain and food have an almost symbiotic relationship: the former serves as a vessel, stage or inspiration for the latter; and their textures, development process and processing methods, and finally their transformation through heat or fire are similar. Tasting Tomorrow, the 7th International Porcelain Workshop KAHLA-Kreativ, aims to be a platform for the experimental work with porcelain in the context of exploring food. One year before the Bauhaus celebrates its 100th anniversary, the workshop seeks to develop new ways of linking cooking and eating to work and life and the objects it requires – just like it was done at this institution."
(Prof. Barbara Schmidt)

Designers, ceramists and visual artists from various cultural backgrounds will have the opportunity to explore the creative potential of porcelain material. In an interdisciplinary cooperative effort, new ways for the creative and innovative work with porcelain shall be found, also and especially by experimenting with combining porcelain and other materials. Over the course of four weeks, this creative process shall result in design-oriented and artistically free works of art. Working in close proximity of the production facilities at KAHLA/Thüringen Porzellan GmbH will inspire the creative process.

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KAHLA Kreativ Exhibition 2016 in Porzellanikon Selb

13th March 2016

KAHLA-Kreativ Exhibition at Porzellanikon, Selb

Porcelain clay is made of only three components – kaolin, quartz and feldspar.

Still, it can be transformed into many new and unique objects as demonstrated by the 12 participants of the 6th international KAHLA-Kreativ workshop, hosted by the Günther Raithel Foundation. Under the motto WANDELLUST – a word play in German – “Wandel” (change/transformation) and “Wanderlust” (the desire to travel) – the designers and artists created crocheted porcelain nets, swan wings turned into bowls and cups learned to walk.

From April 16 to May 22, 2016, the works are on view at the Porzellanikon in Hohenberg a. d. Eger/Selb.


21st August 2015

KAHLA-Kreativ at Bröhan Museum, Berlin

Under the motto WANDELLUST, the Günther Raithel Foundation presents the results of the 6th KAHLA-Kreativ workshop.

From September 17 to October 25, 2015, the works are on view at the Bröhan Museum in Berlin. From April 15 to May 22, 2016, they will be exhibited at the Porzellanikon, Hohenberg a. d. Eger/Selb. Both exhibitions will be accompanied by a catalogue. Additional exhibitions are planned.


KAHLA-Kreativ Forum 2015

12th July 2015

Four Weeks of WANDELLUST

The 6th International Porcelain Workshop "KAHLA-Kreativ" resulted in a range of creative design products and artistic objects centred on porcelain

After four creative and productive weeks, the 6th International Porcelain Workshop "KAHLA-Kreativ" celebrated its grand finale on July 10, 2015. As part of the "FORUM", Holger Raithel, Managing Partner of KAHLA/Thüringen Porzellan GmbH welcomed guests from the world of politics, art and media. The event opened with a panel discussion on the subject, where renowned experts discussed "Wandellust" (a word play in German on the desire to transform and/or desire to wander) and food culture. Under the motto "Chef & Artist", Ulrich Krauss (Zagreus Projekt Berlin) demonstrated a culinary interpretation of selected objects from the workshop. Guests had the opportunity to take a closer look at the exhibits from the workshop and to have one-on-one conversations with the twelve participating designers, artists and students.

The four-week long workshop represented a challenging time frame for the participants for the realisation of their ideas. "KAHLA-Kreativ was a treasure trove for me. I gained a lot of experience about how to work with porcelain. Unfortunately this productive and prolific time came to an end too soon", says Alena A. Waggershauser (a student of Industrial Design at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design [Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart]).

Svenja Keune, an artist for communicative surfaces, points out the high degree of collaboration within this international team: "The participants supported each other. Thanks to the diverse national and professional backgrounds, the learning curve in these four weeks was very steep."
After the workshop, selected exhibits will be shown in a travelling exhibition that will tour Germany: the first stop will be the Bröhan Museum in Berlin in September 2015. Next year, the tour will start at the Porzellanikon in Selb. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue.

From over 100 applications from all around the world, a high-profile expert jury selected the twelve participants for this year's KAHLA-Kreativ workshop:
Anna Badur (Germany), Imke Freiberg (Germany), Friedrich Gerdes (Germany), Rachel Harding (Great Britain), Svenja Keune (Germany), Sophie Liechti (Switzerland), Brynhildur Pálsdóttir (Island), Marie-Anne Saint-Hubert (France), Marjukka Takala (Finland), Maria Volokhova (Ukraine/Germany), Meng-Chan Yu (Taiwan/Germany), Alena A. Waggershauser (Germany)

Selection criteria included the artistically expressed courage to break new ground and the potential to test and make use of the extensive technological possibilities of porcelain production.

The 6th International Porcelain Workshop “KAHLA-Kreativ” is sponsored by the Porzellanikon in Selb,the Free State of Thuringia under the patronage of Wolfgang Tiefensee, Minister of Economic Affairs of Thuringia, Sparkasse Jena-Saale-Holzland and Merkurbank. With the support of these partners, the Günther Raithel Foundation provides a cross-cultural platform for artists and designers. In return, the Foundation has the opportunity to adopt innovations and ideas that result from the workshop.


18th June 2015

KAHLA Welcomes Artists and Designers From All Around the World

6th International Porcelain Workshop
„WANDELLUST“ begins in Kahla

Weeks of intensive preparation for the upcoming workshop now lie behind the team of the Günther Raithel Foundation - KAHLA Kreativ Educational Initiative. On June 15, 2015, the selected twelve participants arrived at the porcelain factory in Kahla. After being welcomed by Directors Günther and Holger Raithel, the participants went on a tour of the company to get to know the working areas before they familiarised themselves with the studio space that was specifically set up for the workshop in a factory hall.

Until the end of November of last year, the Foundation received more than 100 applications for the four-week-long workshop from all around the world. The applications were reviewed by an expert jury. The twelve participants include five German and seven international participants:
Anna Badur (Germany)
Imke Freiberg (Germany)
Friedrich Gerdes (Germany)
Rachel Harding (Great Britain)
Svenja Keune (Germany)
Sophie Liechti (Switzerland)
Brynhildur Pálsdóttir (Iceland)
Marie-Anne Saint-Hubert (France)
Marjukka Takala (Finland),
Maria Volokhova (Ukraine)
Meng-Chan Yu (Taiwan)
Alena A. Waggershauser (Germany).

Over the next four weeks, the workshop participants will experiment with porcelain material and explore the cultures of food and dining without having to yield to conventions and without any commercial pressure. Along the way they experience what it is like to work at one of the most modern porcelain manufacturers in Europe.

The participants are provided with materials and work spaces, accommodations and meals. In addition, participants may use the state-of-the-art kilns in the production facilities and receive advice and support from KAHLA/Thüringen Porzellan GmbH staff, such as model makers, designers and skilled workers.

"Eight designers, two artists and two students make for an exciting mix with international character. We are looking forward to a fruitful, creative collaboration", says Günther Raithel, Chairman of the Günther Raithel Foundation and Partner at KAHLA/Thüringen Porzellan GmbH.

The results of these creative pursuits will be presented as part of a Forum on July 10th, 2015. The presentation will take place in the creative surroundings of the production facilities of KAHLA/Thüringen Porzellan GmbH in front of a high-profile audience of experts, artists, designers and representatives from the world of business, politics and the media.

The 6th International Porcelain Workshop KAHLA Kreativ is sponsored by the Porzellanikon in Selb, the Free State of Thuringia, Sparkasse Jena-Saale-Holzland and Merkurbank. With the support of these partners, the Günther Raithel Foundation provides a cross-cultural platform for artists and designers. In return, the Foundation has the opportunity to adopt innovations and ideas that result from the workshop.


2nd October 2013

 

Poetry and Industry

Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design in Berlin honours KAHLA's head designer Barbara Schmidt with an exhibition until November 4th, 2013

The special exhibition at the Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design in Berlin is the first comprehensive showing of the work of Barbara Schmidt. Under the title "Poetry and Industry", the exhibition, which runs until November 4th 2013, looks at the biographical development of Barbara Schmidt and the different aspects of her work, which is characterised by the interplay of elements of design, craftsmanship, series production and experimentation.

"The exhibition not only shows works from all of Barbara Schmidt 's areas of activity but also provides an insight into the design process from the idea to the finished product", announces museum director Dr. Annemarie Jaeggi, "The visitors become aware of what goes into creating a seemingly ordinary cup and how multifaceted porcelain can be".

Everyday objects like plates and cups are often the result of her experimental work with the material porcelain or of her exploration of today's contexts of use. With her multiple award-winning porcelain collections, the Berlinborn designer continues to find creative responses to new eating and living habits and contributes to the development of a new table culture.

"With her keen sense of future trends, Barbara Schmidt is one of the most important porcelain designers of Germany" says Günther Raithel, Chairman of the "Günther Raithel Foundation - Education Initiative KAHLA kreativ".