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Craft meets Art.

Aesthetics for everyday living. It is with this idea that Hedwig Bollhagen burst onto the scene in 1934. Well over almost 85 years since her first designs, Bollhagen’s ceramics line, produced in her workshop just northwest of Berlin, is still considered among the most regarded in the medium, the well-honed fruit of her first-class artisanal training, prominent collaborations with Werkbund and Bauhaus contemporaries like painter Charles Cordel and ceramicists Werner Burri and Theodor Bogler, as well as her indelible signature style imbued upon each of her designs. Today, HB-Ritz has brought back to life a precious selection of Bollhagen’s most extraordinary pieces, giving collectors, connoisseurs and ceramics aficionados the chance to fall in love with the artist’s time-honoured handicrafts all over again.

Unique.

Simple. Clear. Unique. Ceramics created in Hedwig Bollhagen’s workshop beguile with one-of-a-kind design that never fails to enchant anew.
“In my designs for forms and vessels I try to use increasingly simple means. I try to do justice to the idea of ‘form without ornamentation’, but also risk trying out forms that are enhanced and enriched by decoration.”
Hedwig Bollhagen.

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Hedwig Bollhagen.

Born in 1907, Bollhagen was posthumously named one of Germany’s seven best designers by the Goethe Institute. Her estate was declared national treasure in 2015. Today, her works are considered modern classics in the history of the country’s design scene, not least for her trademark sgraffito-ritz technique – a unique decoration process that draws upon an ancient art form to transform ordinary ceramic pieces into one-of-a-kind feats of craftsmanship.

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The HB Workshop.

Following stints at stoneware factories, state-owned manufacturing plants and pottery workshops, Hedwig Bollhagen founded the HB Workshop for Ceramics in the erstwhile quarters of the defunct Haël Workshop.

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The HB-Ritz Decor.

The work that goes into the ritz embellishments is detailed and painstaking, resulting in utterly unique designs that make them truly unmistakeable Bollhagen originals. Before the first firing, and the first glaze, the pieces are treated with a black, low-viscosity layer of clay. In a time-consuming affair, Hedwig Bollhagen-trained artisans then calmly and carefully scratch free-hand embellishments closely based on the firm’s original designs, into the clay. This lengthy step takes up to five hours, ensuing that each piece is undeniably one of a kind.

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Museum Hedwig Bollhagen.

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Merchants and Galleries.