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2nd February 2018

Tasting Tomorrow – the Participants of the 7th International Porcelain Workshop KAHLA kreativ Have Been Selected

Diverse perspectives for the food culture of the future

The participants of the 7th International Porcelain Workshop KAHLA kreativ, which will have the motto "Tasting Tomorrow", have been decided. A five-member jury selected twelve young creative talents from all over the world out of 100 applicants. The ten women and two men who will participate in the four-week workshop in Kahla in the summer of 2018 come from seven different countries: China, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, The Netherlands and the Czech Republic. Most of them have already international professional experience, which is reflected in their holistic approaches. The participants will focus on a variety of areas of creativity as they have backgrounds in ceramic design, furniture design, industrial design and art. Some of them are still students, others are already working as independent designers or artists.

The expert jury met in early December 2017 at KAHLA/Thüringen Porzellan GmbH. Selection criteria primarily included creative qualities, conceptual and design strength, independence as well as a deep understanding of the material. In addition, innovative, creative approaches to the topic "Eating in the future" were taken into account. Since the aim of the workshop is not only the recognition of existing works created by the applicants, but the development of new, innovative ideas and products, the jury attached great importance to the diversity within the group of workshop participants. Participants were selected with their different design perspectives and backgrounds in mind as this will provide grounds for inspiration and cross-fertilisation.

"The in-depth exploration of ceramic materials by the applicants can be understood as a counter-trend to the increasing complexity of our digitised everyday life", says Wiebke Lang, editor-in-chief of the trade magazine designreport. "The high quality of the submissions demonstrates that young designers and artists are well aware that a contemporary design of traditional areas of life - such as the food culture - will continue to significantly influence our quality of life in the future."

Andrin Willi, editor-in-chief of marmite, Zurich, the magazine for food and drink, emphasised both the high quality of the submitted works and also the fact that many applicants had already explored the topic to a great extent in advance. "Eating is pop", he says and adds that these days top chefs may regard the creation of customised table top series for their restaurants almost as a matter of course. "When a new dish is created, the presentation plays a more important role today than ever before", says the food journalist, because the photos of these dishes, which are distributed by the guests via social media instantly and worldwide, are the new business cards of the restaurant industry. "We perceive taste with all our senses", he says and adds that he is looking forward to seeing what the workshop participants will create in Kahla when it comes to "Tasting Tomorrow".

The jury included:

(from left to right):
Wiebke Lang (DE), editor-in-chief of designreport, Frankfurt / Main;
Wilhelm Siemen (DE), director of the Porzellanikon State Museum of Porcelain, Selb;
Dr. Sibylle Hoiman
(DE), curator at Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design, Berlin;
Andrin Willi (CH), editor-in-chief of marmite, the magazine for food and drink, Zurich;
Prof. Barbara Schmidt (DE), designer at KAHLA/Thüringen Porzellan GmbH;

Host Günther Raithel
(DE), Founder and Chairman Günther Raithel Foundation, Kahla

We will invite the following people to the workshop:

Auréline Caltagirone - France
Mieke Cuppen - The Netherlands
Carmen Dehning - Germany      
Laura Görs - Germany   
Anna Kantanen - Finland
Aneta Koutná - Germany/Czech Republik
Raili Keiv - Estonia
Xin Zhe Luo - Germany/China
Antje Pesel - Germany
Jonathan Radetz - Germany
Birgit Severin - Germany
Maurice Eric Zacher - Germany

27th November 2017

Restaurant of the Future

Students of the Reykjavik School of Visual Arts visited KAHLA during the summer in 2014. The young Icelanders study product design and learn to work with a variety of materials.

With support of the Guenther Raithel Foundation, in May 2017 Thorhildur Asmundsdottir attend an internship for three weeks once again. More »

Call for tender KAHLA Kreativ Porcelain Workshop 2018


2nd October 2017


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

Experimental Exploration of Porcelain: Supporting the Advancement of Young Designers, Ceramists and Visual Artists

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 against the backdrop of the Bauhaus anniversary in 2019. The workshop, organised by the Günther Raithel Foundation – Education Initiative KAHLA kreativ now for the 7th time, targets young designers, ceramists and visual artists with diverse cultural backgrounds. Twelve participants, who will be selected by an independent jury, will have the opportunity to spend four weeks at the production facilities at KAHLA/Thüringen Porzellan GmbH in the summer of 2018 to freely explore the creative potential of porcelain as material.

Porcelain and food have an almost symbiotic relationship: the former serves as a vessel or stage for the latter which in turn is its content or inspiration. They also share similarities in textures, development process, processing methods and in their transformation through heat or fire. One year before the Bauhaus celebrates its 100th anniversary, the aim is to develop new connections to the pioneering contributions to the field by this institution. Participants are encouraged to explore new ways of connecting cooking and eating, work and life, and to develop the objects required – just like it was done at this institution in the past.

The workshop participants will have the opportunity to critically examine the creative and artistic potential of porcelain as a material in the context of food. Porcelain, food and a wide range of work techniques from manual over industrial to digital techniques will be explored in a collaboration that crosses disciplines.

From June 11th to July 6th, 2018, this creative process shall produce design-oriented as well as artistically free works of art. Working in close proximity to the production of porcelain at the facilities at KAHLA/Thüringen Porzellan GmbH will inspire the creative process. The participants will look for answers to the questions of what the taste and food of the future will be and what role food will play as a social activity, and they will explore the design of the objects as well as the required tools and materials.

At the end of this year, an independent expert jury will select the 12 workshop participants based
on the applications received. The members of the jury are:

Dr. Sibylle Hoiman, curator, Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design, Berlin
Nathalie Lautenbacher, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki
Wiebke Lang, editor-in-chief, designreport, Frankfurt / Main
Wilhelm Siemen, director, Porzellanikon State Museum of Porcelain, Selb
Andrin Willi, editor-in-chief, food magazine marmite, Zurich.

Founded in 2010, the Günther Raithel Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of education, culture, science and research related to porcelain and similar materials. The work of the non-profit foundation focuses on the development of young talent. The foundation for example supports the renowned "KAHLA kreativ" project for young ceramists, designers, artists and students. "We are very excited about the applications we will be receiving in the coming weeks, and we are looking forward to the summer of 2018 when KAHLA once again becomes a research laboratory for exploring the potential of the fascinating material porcelain", says Günther Raithel.

Partners of the 7th International Porcelain Workshop KAHLA kreativ include the Porzellanikon in Selb, the Art Foundation Sachsen-Anhalt and the Thüringer Tourismus GmbH.

NOTIFICATION: Application deadline extended until 24th November 2017 (instead of 15. November 2017)!

Detailed information about the workshop  »

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".