Otto Lindig

Otto Lindig was a sculptor and ceramicist. Born in Pößneck in eastern Thuringia in 1895, he attended the drawing and modeling school in Lichte, Thuringia, from 1909 to 1911. He then trained as a sculptor under Max Bechstein at the Grand Ducal Trades School in Ilmenau. After a brief stint at the Th. Ramspeck majolica factory in Ilmenau, Lindig studied under Henry van de Velde at the Grand Ducal School of Arts and Crafts in Weimar from 1913 to 1915. Additionally, he studied sculpture under Richard Engelmann at the Weimar Academy of Fine Arts until 1918. 

In 1920, Lindig continued his education at the State Bauhaus under Gerhard Marcks in the Dornburg ceramics workshop, passing his journeyman examination in 1922 and his master craftsman examination in 1926. Together with Theodor Bogler, he produced prototypes for serially manufacturable ceramics from 1923 onwards. He also designed tableware for the »Aelteste Volkstedter« Porcelain Factory and the Berlin State Porcelain Factory. After the Weimar Bauhaus closed in 1925, Lindig was appointed to the Weimar State College of Trades and Architecture under Otto Bartning. From 1926 on he managed the Dornburg ceramics workshop and ran it independently as a master craftsman with apprentice training from 1930 to 1947. From 1947 to 1966, Otto Lindig was head of the Ceramics Department at the State School of Arts in Hamburg.

Otto Lindig trained many well-known ceramicists, including Johannes Leßmann, Liebfriede Bernstiel, Walburga Külz, Erich Triller, Rose Krebs, Otto Hofmann, Douglas Zadek and Marieluise Fischer. In 1949, Heiner-Hans and Gerda Körting took over the Dornburg workshop.

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