Blick in die originalgetreue Hafnerwerkstatt © Badisches Landesmuseum, Foto: Schoenen
At the edge of Staufen's city centre, a former potter's house remains as the only example of the city's pottery tradition stretching back to the Middle Ages. Potter Josef Maier and artistic ceramist Egon Bregger once lived and worked here. The building has been a museum since 1991, preserving the workshop with clay pit, potter's wheel and two wood-burning kilns which are under monumental protection.
Josef Maier (1871–1948) began by producing tableware for everyday country use. As pottery workshop goods were replaced by manufactured goods in many locations, Maier developed a colourful style of ceramics decorated with traditional sayings – capturing the attention of a local group of customers who wanted to express their pride in their home region.
After Maier's death, his son-in-law Egon Bregger (1902–1966) maintained the workshop. The craft business developed into an experimental laboratory. Bregger – trained at the Bauhaus by Otto Lindig – produced valuable one-of-a-kind pieces. His vases and bowls are some of the most impressive ceramic artworks of the 20th century.
Ostensibly colourful and cheerful, upon closer examination clay figurines by artist Elisabeth Winter-Bonn (1919–2003) also appear strange and lonely. With a cheeky attitude, some address human weakness, while others carry clear socially critical messages.
The Badisches Landesmuseum puts on special annual exhibitions from its extensive ceramic collections. The Förderkreis Keramikmuseum Staufen e.V. holds its own studio exhibitions with regional and national artists.
Keramiken von Josef Maier © Badisches Landesmuseum, Foto: Schoenen
Figurengruppe, Elisabeth Winter-Bonn © Badisches Landesmuseum
Staufen Ceramics Museum
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79219 Staufen i. Brsg.
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