Last weekend I went to Munich for a very special occasion – the launch of our book ! Our publishing house Callwey has created the most wonderful and exclusive program for that day! Soon I will let you know about the book launch and the award ceremony, but let me start with the most wonderful tour of the Nymphenburg porcelain manufactury.
Located at the Nördliches Schlossrondell of the Wittelbach family’s summer residence in Nymphenburg the porcelain manufactury produces the most wonderful porcelain since 1747. You can even stress the ‘manu’ in factory because everything is completely handmade! So this remains the last manufactory in the world, that ‘consciously decided to continue to employ purely manual production methods and, since the 18th century, has refined them to perfection.‘*
Usually very little tours take place behind the doors of the master workshops, we even found out that normally no one is allowed to take pictures inside these walls. So with all this in mind I am very honored to have been able to walk these halls and am very excited to show you these exclusive insights!
My mother is a big collector of fine porcelain, so I inherited the love for porcelain from her. Even though I have been a big fan of fine porcelain, I didn’t know a lot of things:
– it takes years (!!!) to produce the porcelain past and ‘it takes around three years from the initial mixing of the porcelain paste, to the end product.’*
– ‘Nymphenburg also creates and mixes its own paint; its porcelain painters work without templates. Each item is shaped and painted by hand, each ornament individually applied and all fretwork, be it ever so small, cut with tiny blades into the unfired porcelain.’*
But, just see for yourself, how amazing these rooms were and how inspirational the working places. Don’t these pictures make you want to take out your brush to start painting your own porcelain?
Another stunning fact is, they love to work with contemporary artists and designers, like Karl Lagerfeld. Speaking of contemporary, I simply fell in love with this this ‘LIGHTSCAPE’ line by Ruth Gurvich. This porcelain looks and feels like paper – oh please, dear Santa, I’ve been a good girl this year….
I can go on forever and ever… Learning about the production process of porcelain made my respect grow! Also my curiosity! I loved reading their book ‘Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg (Snoeck) as there is so much more to learn…
Walking these halls has forever changed the way I look at a piece of porcelain! Thank you very much for letting us be part of this gorgeous tour!
*quotes are from the book ‘PORZELLAN MANUFAKTUR NYMPHENBURG’ published by SNOECK