Work Process

 

It all begins with the careful selection of raw materials – and is far from over even once various plates, vases or cups have made their way into the kiln. Indeed, the transformation of ordinary potter’s clay into unique ceramic pieces, imbued with Bollhagen’s signature sgraffito-ritz technology, requires several processes, each of which is carried out by hand at the company workshop in Marwitz. The firing process – a complex step with countless variables – is, regardless of how experienced the ceramicist is, difficult to completely control, leaving plenty of room for error. Still, rest assured: with the imperfect pieces promptly weeded out, it’s only the specimens that emerge perfectly fired that make their way onto dining tables and ceramics collections around the world, ensuring that each object is not only unique, but utterly flawless in form and frill.

 

Clay preparation
Clay preparation
Throwing
Throwing
Free throwing
Free throwing
Moulding
Moulding
The fettling process
The fettling process
First firing
First firing
The Hedwig Bollhagen Ritz design
The Hedwig Bollhagen Ritz design
Second firing
Second firing
End control
End control