Bauhaus Workshop Museum in Dornburg
Looking for a place for the Bauhaus ceramics workshop, Walter Gropius heard in 1920 about the old royal stables in Dornburg. The building near the Dornburg Castles dates from the 18th century and was ideal for use as a pottery. What is more, Max Krehan was running a ceramics workshop in Dornburg at the time and was prepared to teach the Bauhaus students his craft. Gropius appointed master designer Gerhard Marcks to assist Krehan. Many of the best-known potters who had a decisive influence on the development of ceramics in the 20th century trained with Marcks and Krehan. They include Theodor Bogler, Otto Lindig, Marguerite Friedlaender and Werner Burri.
At its new location in Dessau, the focus of the Bauhaus turned more to industrial production and no new ceramics workshop was opened. The pottery in Dornburg remained in operation and Otto Lindig continued running it in the Bauhaus tradition. The Körting family followed in 1949 and still make ceramics here today.
The life and work of the members of the Bauhaus are presented in a vivid and tangible form in the last Bauhaus workshop still surviving at its original location. Visitors can enjoy a journey through the history of pottery. Original tools, such as the gypsum potter's wheel on which Bogler and Lindig created their design-defining models, furnish a unique insight into the work of the Bauhaus workshops. In the modern annexe, the works created here are on display and the history of the workshop is presented.