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.
Board of Directors:
Günther Raithel, Founder
KAHLA kreativ 2018
7th International Porcelain Workshop
11th June – 6th July 2018 in Kahla
Tasting Tomorrow – Porcelain, Cuisine and Bauhaus
Diverse perspectives for the food culture of the future
The participants of the 7th International Porcelain Workshop KAHLA kreativ, which will have the motto "Tasting Tomorrow", have been decided. A five-member jury selected twelve young creative talents from all over the world out of 100 applicants. The ten women and two men who will participate in the four-week workshop in Kahla in the summer of 2018 come from seven different countries: China, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, The Netherlands and the Czech Republic. Most of them have already international professional experience, which is reflected in their holistic approaches. The participants will focus on a variety of areas of creativity as they have backgrounds in ceramic design, furniture design, industrial design and art. Some of them are still students, others are already working as independent designers or artists.
The expert jury met in early December 2017 at KAHLA/Thüringen Porzellan GmbH. Selection criteria primarily included creative qualities, conceptual and design strength, independence as well as a deep understanding of the material. In addition, innovative, creative approaches to the topic "Eating in the future" were taken into account. Since the aim of the workshop is not only the recognition of existing works created by the applicants, but the development of new, innovative ideas and products, the jury attached great importance to the diversity within the group of workshop participants. Participants were selected with their different design perspectives and backgrounds in mind as this will provide grounds for inspiration and crossfertilisation.
"The in-depth exploration of ceramic materials by the applicants can be understood as a counter-trend to the increasing complexity of our digitised everyday life", says Wiebke Lang, editor-in-chief of the trade magazine designreport. "The high quality of the submissions demonstrates that young designers and artists are well aware that a contemporary design of traditional areas of life - such as the food culture - will continue to significantly influence our quality of life in the future." Andrin Willi, editor-in-chief of marmite, Zurich, the magazine for food and drink, emphasised both the high quality of the submitted works and also the fact that many applicants had already explored the topic to a great extent in advance. "Eating is pop", he says and adds that these days top chefs may regard the creation of customised table top series for their restaurants almost as a matter of course. "When a new dish is created, the presentation plays a more important role today than ever before", says the food journalist, because the photos of these dishes, which are distributed by the guests via social media instantly and worldwide, are the new business cards of the restaurant industry. "We perceive taste with all our senses", he says and adds that he is looking forward to seeing what the workshop participants will create in Kahla when it comes to "Tasting Tomorrow".
The jury included:
(from left to right)
Wiebke Lang (DE), editor-in-chief of designreport, Frankfurt / Main
Wilhelm Siemen (DE), director of the Porzellanikon State Museum of Porcelain, Selb
Dr. Sibylle Hoiman (DE), curator at Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design Berlin
Andrin Willi (CH), editor-in-chief of marmite, the magazine for food and drink, Zurich
Prof. Barbara Schmidt (DE), designer at KAHLA/Thüringen Porzellan GmbH
Günther Raithel (DE), Founder and Chairman Günther Raithel Foundation, Kahla
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 have shown in a travelling exhibition tour: the first stop was the Bröhan Museum in Berlin in September 2015. In April 2016 the tour stopped at the Porzellanikon in Selb. The exhibition was accompanied by a catalogue.
Detailed information about the workshop are available at www.kahlakreativ.com.
The 6th International Porcelain Workshop KAHLA kreativ was 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.
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.