Bürgel Ceramics Museum
The only ceramics museum in Thuringia records the 450-year history of pottery in Bürgel. Showing traditional processes and long-forgotten vessel shapes, the permanent exhibition presents the manufacture and use of ceramic goods over the years.
The oldest items originate from a trade show in 1880, instigated in Bürgel by Grand Duke Carl Alexander of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. A school of modelling and drawing was also opened with the aim of initiating an economic upturn for the pottery trade in Bürgel; traditional pottery workshops, majolica manufactories and art-oriented potteries produced ceramic goods here.
The Grand Duke appointed the Belgian designer and precursor of Art Nouveau, Henry van de Velde, as art consultant to the Bürgel workshops and the latter designed model series of everyday crockery and decorative items. Bürgel was also influenced by the direct vicinity of the subsequent Bauhaus ceramics workshop in Dornburg.
The Museum's special exhibitions focus on the history of individual Bürgel pottery workshops; in addition, the "Ceramics Award Winners" series also presents representatives of modern ceramics every year.