The non-profit Günther Raithel Foundation - Educational Initiative KAHLA-Kreativ sees itself as providing creative momentum for young talent. The foundation is dedicated to the advancement of education, culture, science and research related to porcelain and similar materials. Its work focuses on the "KAHLA-Kreativ" project, which promotes young ceramists, designers, artists and students. In workshops, creative talents have the opportunity to explore new ways of porcelain production and porcelain design whereby updating this cultural skill through innovative approaches.
6th International Porcelain Workshop "WANDELLUST" in Kahla
After four creative and productive weeks, the 6th International Porcelain Workshop "KAHLA-Kreativ" celebrated its grand finale on July 10, 2015. As part of the "FORUM", Holger Raithel, Managing Partner of KAHLA/Thüringen Porzellan GmbH welcomed guests from the world of politics, art and media.
The four-week long workshop represented a challenging time frame for the participants for the realisation of their ideas. "KAHLA-Kreativ was a treasure trove for me. I gained a lot of experience about how to work with porcelain. Unfortunately this productive and prolific time came to an end too soon", says Alena A. Waggershauser (a student of Industrial Design at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design [Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart]).
After the workshop, selected exhibits will be shown in a travelling exhibition that will tour Germany: the first stop was the Bröhan Museum in Berlin in September 2015. In April 2016 the tour will stopp at the Porzellanikon in Selb. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue.
The 6th International Porcelain Workshop KAHLA Kreativ is sponsored by the Porzellanikon in Selb, the Free State of Thuringia, Sparkasse Jena-Saale-Holzland and Merkurbank. With the support of these partners, the Günther Raithel Foundation provides a cross-cultural platform for artists and designers. In return, the Foundation has the opportunity to adopt innovations and ideas that result from the workshop.
Detailed information about the workshop are available at www.kahlakreativ.com.
In addition, the foundation organises contests, such as the KAHLA Clip Award 2012 short film contest. Besides exhibitions, it also organises and supports scientific symposiums and other educational events. In addition, the foundation awards research grants and foreign exchange scholarships to further the advancement of young designers. Another focus is the scientific examination of the history of Thuringian porcelain, in particular porcelain from KAHLA.
The foundation owes its name to Günther Raithel who re-founded KAHLA/Thüringen Porzellan GmbH in 1994. As "VEB Feinkeramik", the company was the centre of the national porcelain industry in the GDR. Shortly after the reunification, it was privatised by the Treuhand trustee company, but filed for bankruptcy already two years later. Raithel accomplished a fresh start for the company through the consistent modernisation of production, product range and marketing. Today KAHLA, under the management of Raithel's son Holger, is one of Germany's most successful porcelain manufacturers.