Today I get to take you on a magical little tour of an extraordinary shop called Kühn Keramik. My awesome traveling buddy and dear friend, Anya, of Anya Adores arranged for us to meet the dynamic duo, Bernhard and Claudia, behind Kühn Keramik while we were in Berlin, and it turned out to be one the highlights of our trip! Ready to see what got us both SO excited?
From the moment we crossed the threshold of this little shop, we were immediately transported into a visual fantasy so whimsical and artful that we both nearly died of happiness on the spot!
The shelves were packed with treasures and trinkets…
And there was a richness to their work, a sure sign in each design of the travels that had inspired them.
Every corner was filled with another quirky display and I got the sneaking suspicion that if I could somehow manage to pack this little shop up and carry it home, every time I visited would bring this same sense of wonder and excitement.
Fun collaborations with artists such as Rory Dobner and candle makers, Astier de Villatte, were an added treat to the Kühn collection and I was intrigued to say the least. Shyly, I asked if we could have a quick little peek into the studio…
We were really in for a treat because what awaited us was quite a shock. While many artists export the manufacturing of their ceramics, Bernhard and Claudia are committed to creating everything right here in their studio.
It was fascinating to see cups stacked and treys piled neatly, awaiting the next phase and watching some of the assistants hand roll mug handles and hand shape some of the designs. I was impressed to say the very least and delighted to be able to share this part of the creative process with all of you!
Back up in the shop we chatted for a few more minutes with Bernhard and Claudia while their pug, and shop muse, Karlos, came by hoping for a little nuzzle. I wondered what it was like to work so closely to one’s spouse since Bernhard is the creative genius behind the ceramics, but his wife, Claudia, is the master behind the daily running of the business. They very sweetly admitted that it got a little easier when they moved into their new and bigger shop/studio, but after working together for 20 years, they wouldn’t have it any other way! I love that, don’t you?
If you are feeling even half as inspired as we did after our little visit, you can pop over to Kühn Keramic’s beautiful showroom in Berlin or check their list of retailers to see if there is a shop near you that carries their lovely ceramics. They also have a Facebook page where you can learn more about them and stay in touch.
Don’t forget to stop by Anya Adores to hear about our visit from her perspective, too!