My passion for the heritage of Prussian kings can be tracked down to a very young age! Now that’s a pretty big entry for a story, you might think… But it’s the truth and nothing but the truth!
My first encounter with the legacy of a Prussian king was right after I left school. I was working at an exhibition about ‘The Amber Room’ at a german museum and you might wonder, what a Prussian king has to do with it, and I’d love to share a little history lesson with you. Nowadays The Amber Room is inseparably connected to Russian history, but originally it was build in Germany and the Prussian king, Frederick William I gifted it to his then ally Tsar Peter the Great. During this exhibition, I was giving guided tours on ‘The Amber Room’ and to say I was in awe with the crafts from the past would be a total understatement.
My second encounter with the legacy of a Prussian king was a few days ago, when I visited KPM in Berlin, one of Europe’s oldest manufactories for porcelain. Here again, the founder was a Prussian king. Frederick the Great established the factory and they have been producing their ‚white gold‘ pieces with timeless aesthetics and of highest quality for over 250 years now! You can still witness one of the royal remains on every contemporary product that leaves the factory – their cobalt blue sceptre.
I was invited to join an exclusive tour, lead by the chief designer of the house, Thomas Wenzel and from the very beginning I was the last to leave the room! Listening to his interesting stories, I was exploring all the corners of the factory, appreciating every single moment, watching magic being created. From the white porcelain powder dancing in the light, covering every single inch of the production area, the highly artistic soft porcelain waste that didn’t meet the high quality standards to the floral illustrations and photographies that were placed in almost every room – I was surrounded by iconic treasures that have inspired generation before me!
Still trying to process all of these grand impressions, the last part of the day was my favorite! One of the most memorable hands-on experiences was a workshop, where we were taught how to paint on porcelain. I will forever hold this memory in my heart, as it doesn’t get any better than to personalize your favorite precious piece of German history.
If you liked my stories and images, you can join KPM for their summer fest. It will be held in Berlin the next weekend. You can find all the information here.
Thank you KPM for the invitation! All images and thoughts are my own, brought to you with my biggest gratitude to KPM, as this is a paid collaboration. Thank you so very much for providing such an incredible insight – to my readers and myself.