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Ceramic Vases from Bauhaus (1952), at Bon Marché

Caroline Wanke-Penicaut

In Berlin, in 1934, Hedwig Bollhagen founded a ceramics factory of the daily life and the exception signed by Bauhaus artists. Some reissued pieces arrive in France in 2015. Discovery.

In 1934, in Marwitz, north of Berlin, Hedwig Bollhagen, a woman passionate about the art of ceramics and inspired by the Bauhaus style of her time, took over a disused factory to create HB-Werkstätten. A company she managed until 2001! A unique and timeless style for this historic house considered as one of the seven best German designers and participating in the exhibition Handmade in Germany gathering 150 exceptional manufacturers, craftsmen and designers, who travels the world today from Moscow to Shanghai.

Strawberry Fruit Tray, Form 602, Decor 665 (1972) and Shapes Form 503a, Sets 804 and 810 (1970-1972), at Maison M

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Slabbed dishes and ritz decor (sgraffito technique) on uncooked clay dishes

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Shaped plate Form 601, decor 693 (1972) and boxes Form 503a, decorations 804 and 810, (1970-1972), at Maison M

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HB-Werkstätten ceramic: from everyday life to the exception

"Art?" There are some who say it's about art, for me it's about everyday tableware, my goal was not to do something "at the "it was to do simple and timeless things," explains Hedwig Bollhagen. The house is made up of very different styles, from everyday dishes with white and blue stripes, to creations made by Bauhaus artists such as Gerhard Marcks, Charles Crodel, Theodor Bogler and Werner Burri, through which the craftsmanship becomes art; The "Ritztechnik" (sgraffito technique), quite delicate to achieve - the artisan puts a thin layer of black clay (engobe) before the first firing and enamelling which allows him to "scratch" the decor on the object - is its trademark. And all objects are unique pieces produced in series.

Ceramic Vases from Bauhaus (1952), at Bon Marché

Caroline Wanke-Penicaut

Black sweat mug being decorated after the ritz method. The engobe is engraved with a pointed object on uncooked clay

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Teapots, creamers, boxes with lids and dishes after their "cleaning", stored in shelves, on the first floor of the warehouse

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HB-Werkstätten ceramic: brush and sgraphit

Hedwig Bollhagen spends his time between the various workshops, his sketches under his arm, to solicit the opinion of his collaborators. E 1937, at the Universal Exhibition in Paris, his Form 1047 vase won a gold medal. Today, about thirty people work in workshops. Beautiful original gestures, brush or sgraffito for the decor, nothing has changed. Each piece always passes 40 to 60 times in the hand of a craftsman before finishing. Treasures finally available in France!

hedwig-bollhagen.de - Hedwig Bollhagen France, Caroline Wanke-Penicaut ([email protected]). In Paris, objects to discover at Maison M (maisonparis.com).

Teapot (1934)

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Plates made on a potter's wheel being dried

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A reserve of molds

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Hedwig Bollhagen (1907-2001), the founder of the house

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