Until October 22nd the Ceramics Museum Berlin is presenting an exhibition of works by the German ceramicist Margarete Heymann-Loebenstein.
Born in 1899 in Cologne, Margarete Heymann studied painting and drawing in Cologne and Düsseldorf before in 1920 she undertook the Vorkurs with Johannes Itten at Bauhaus Weimar.
Depsite participating in further courses at Bauhaus Weimar, including some under the tutorship of Paul Klee and Georg Muche, and also spending a period at the Bauhaus ceramics workshop in Dornburg, Margarete Heymann never full matriculated at Bauhaus Weimar and in 1921 she returned to the Rhein to take up a position at local pottery. In 1922 her career took her to Berlin where she met, and in 1923, married the businessman Dr. Gustav Loebenstein.
The same year the pair established their own pottery business in Marwitz; the Haël-Workshop for Artistic Ceramics.
With her adept eye for colour and form, and obvious understanding of what her time in Weimar had taught her, Margarete Heymann-Loebenstein quickly developed Haël-Workshop into one of the most important, creative and productive ceramic producers of its day and by the end of the 1920s over 100 people were employed in the production of Margarete’s designs.
As with so many other stories from inter-war Germany, the history of the Haël-Workshop ends with the rise of Nazi Germany and the enforced flight of Margarete Heymann-Loebenstein, in her case to England.
Gone is however not forgotten and the Ceramics Museum Berlin exhibition presents a comprehensive overview of the work undertaken by Margarete Heymann-Loebenstein during the Haël decade and so highlights the importance of Margarete Heymann-Loebenstein’s contribution to the story of 2oth century European ceramics.
Haël-Keramik 1923 – 1933 can be viewed at the Ceramics Museum Berlin until October 22nd.