Bauhaus Workshop

In 1920, Walter Gropius moved the Bauhaus ceramics workshop to Dornburg. It was the only Bauhaus workshop located outside of Weimar. Twenty-five kilometers away, the town of Dornburg offered ideal conditions. The Cavalier's House and Stables had been vacant and were successfully converted into living quarters and a workshop. And the Krehan pottery workshop was already operating in the upper village.

Walter Gropius appointed Gerhard Marcks as master of form and Max Krehan as master of works. The fundamentals were taught in the "upper workshop" in Breite Straße. Advanced students worked in the "lower workshop" in the Stables where they were encouraged to experiment more freely on the wheel and to produce cast ceramics in small series. For example, the legendary storage vessels for the “Haus am Horn” in Weimar were made here, on the plaster wheel which can still be found on site. Business operations of the workshop were managed by Theodor Bogler, while Otto Lindig was the technical manager. Before the plaster workshop was set up in 1923, Gerhard Marcks used the right wing of the building as a studio where he created his wooden sculptures. He eventually moved with his family to the nearby "Töpfersche Haus". In 1925, Gropius moved the State Bauhaus from Weimar to Dessau in response to the political developments. The new location did not have a ceramics workshop. The Dornburg workshop would continue its operations, run by the State College of Trades and Architecture Weimar under the leadership of Otto Lindig.

Many of the most important German ceramicists and artists of the 20th century were trained at the Bauhaus workshop: Theodor Bogler, Otto Lindig, Marguerite Friedlaender, Werner Burri, Johannes Driesch and Franz Rudolf Wildenhain. Other artists who worked here included Margarete Heymann, Lydia Driesch-Foucar, Gertrud Coja, Else Mögelin, Herbert Hübner, Thoma Gräfin Grote, Eva Oberdieck, Renate Riedel and Wilhelm Löber.

This is the last Bauhaus workshop still preserved in its original location and its original state, with an authentic workshop character and a large number of ceramics, tools and objects from the Bauhaus period.

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