Once you leave the showroom to the back, passing the old „Toxicarium“ (poison cabinet) you climb a small staircase to the basement, which is rather a lowered ground-floor. Here you enter the workshop, with lots of space and light and the ceiling still more than 3m high - also stuccoed!
All the ceramics of Kühn Keramik get produced in this small workshop installed in the old laboratory of the more than 120 year old pharmacy. Water comes out of the tap, clay from Westerwald, glaze from Meissen and the motifs printed in a small workshop in Selb, the very center of German porcelain production. Numerous steps of work now have to be executed in order to create a cup out of these raw materials. The team, an international mixture from Germany, France, Sweden, Lithuania and Italy, forms the cups, beakers, handles, bowls and decorative pieces with their hands. They roll out the clay like a dough, cut out the pieces and form them with a mold. They leave their finger prints on the clay, these prints will show later on each cup. The ceramics get not thrown or poured into a mold in order to have always individual pieces. Not one is a copy of the other and Bernhard affixes his signature on each piece.
Fired for the first time the bisque comes out of the oven. It is an intermediary, rather fragile stage before the piece gets a coating of glaze applied and is then fired again. This now is a firing at 1100°C and that results in a much stronger and solid article - thus the pieces are even dishwascher safe! A third and fourth burning applies the motifs, gold, silver, platinum and all other specialties of Bernhard Kühn - these parts of the finishing make the ceramic pieces rather sensitive to the dishwasher.
The product line of Kühn Keramik now comprises hundreds of different models, starting with Alice crazy small cup - less than 50ml, perfect for a very strong espresso - up to the Babylon huge bird cage, almost 1 meter high. The first in the morning you'll find the soap lying in the Valentin oval soap dish, the toilet brush standing upright in its Alice holder POISON and the Alice big beaker holding your toothbrush in the bathroom. Your morning in the kitchen starts with an Alice big coffee cup, an Alice small plate with your breakfast next to it. Alice adds a lot more cups, beakers, bowls and plates to your table. Souvenir, Berlin, Slumberland and Valentin serve with other choices of cups and plates, all able to carry your favourite dishes. Karlos offers glamourous dog bowls, teapots, boxes and amuse gueule with lions guarding your antipasti. The ceramics are intended to be used every day, to get integrated in your private world and become your personal favourite. And at night a gentle small light in our Babylon World Lampshade will protect your sleep.
The range includes more than 400 motifs, many drawings, 6 colours, white, gold, silver and platinum. Not one piece that is leaving the workshop is identical to another one.