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Inspiration is around the corner: Experience a selection of the best of German craftsmanship through Homo Faber Guide

Homo Faber Guide is an online, searchable guide, which showcases artisans, ateliers, museums, galleries and experiences linked to the world of fine craftsmanship around Europe. The portal connects art enthusiasts, collectors, clients, galleries, curious travellers and designers with the continent’s crafting excellence

Artisan Marlies Von Soden at work - ©Uta Starling

• Looking to discover Germany through new eyes?
• Searching for a one-of-a-kind bespoke handcrafted object?
• Curious to learn of Sebastian Herkner’s best kept addresses?
• Eager to see the rare skills of a straw marquetry maker?
• Would you like to try your hand at hat making or wheel throwing?

Homo Faber Guide places the world of fine craftsmanship in Europe at your fingertips. Experience excellence with access to a selection of the best master artisans, rising talents, galleries, ateliers, manufacturers and museums from all over the continent. The guide is created in collaboration with the international network of the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship which provides local expertise, recommends, evaluates and endorses featured participants.

Rediscover Germany in a new light, revisiting your favourite places, enriched by new encounters and experiences. Follow the recommendations of our carefully selected German city ambassadors and prestigious ambassador institutions to find hidden gems as they share the craftsmanship found on their doorsteps. Wherever you are in Germany, find courses around the corner to express your own creativity.

First to Berlin, where contemporary design visions are colliding with unique craftsmanship skills. Tucked away in a small side street is the workshop of straw marquetry maker, Tabea Vietzke, learn how she is reviving this rare and ancient craftsmanship. Be blown away by the illuminated plastic sculptures of Marlies von Soden, made using an extruder on molten plastic. From plastic to paper, go in search of Lacy Barry and her extraordinary paper creations, exploding with colour and defined by detail. Visit a host of new galleries and their unique collections; at Brutto Gusto marvel at the remarkable array of vessels and flowers, whilst at noon.schmuck und produkt choose a special piece of handcrafted jewellery. For porcelain enthusiasts, take a trip south to Dresden to see the incredible collection of Porzellansammlung, housed in the Zwinger palatial complex. On the way, visit the legendary Meissen porcelain manufacturer.

Head to Frankfurt, to see the city and surrounding region through the eyes of designer, Sebastian Herkner. He will send you in search of jewellery maker, Marc-Jens Biegel and his colourful gemstone creations. For music lovers, a must-see is the workshop of guitar maker, Jens Ritter whose exceptional guitars have made it into the hands of Prince, Lady Gaga and been exhibited at the MET, New York. From vintage brocade, lacquer and Swarovski crystals, the finishes are dazzling. Discover the secret behind perpetuating a family tradition, at the workshop of fourth generation lapidary, Hans-Ulrich Pauly. A special occasion on the horizon, venture to the atelier of milliner, Charlotte Kollmann, to create your own hat, upon the recommendation of Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks.

The Blue Dragon crafted by Jens Ritter - ©Jens Ritter Take the road south to Munich and find yourself at the workshop of ceramicist, Christine Wagner, where you can admire her stoneware vessels, influenced by Japan. From there, skip across the city to Galerie für Angewandte Kunst, to catch a glimpse of their ever-changing collection of eclectic objects. Venture west to the Black Forest near Gechingen and stumble across wood sculptor, Lars Zech, who sources all his raw materials from naturally-felled trees. Marvel at his sculptures which evoke the human form while highlighting the wood’s intrinsic characteristics. Take a detour to Ludwigsburg where you can try your hand at wheel throwing under the watchful gaze of master ceramicist, Kenji Fuchiwaki. Go further west still to Baden-Baden and discover the magic of shoemaking at the workshop of Matthias Vickermann & Martin Stoya, suggested by Meisterstrasse Handmade.

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User guide:

Homo Faber Guide is structured into different sections: Discover, Visit, Experience and Ambassadors.

Discover: Find a selection of the best master artisans and rising talents, ateliers and manufacturers of excellence from all over Europe. Connect with them directly through the guide.

Visit: Find museums, galleries and shops linked to fine craftsmanship to visit in all corners of the continent.

Experience: Find a curated list of workshop visits, artisan master classes, guided tours, and temporary exhibitions and fairs across Europe.

Ambassadors: Renowned individuals and partner institutions within the craft, creativity and design world who recommend their favourite artisans, galleries and experiences in their home cities.

Subcategories: search by country, city, craft or material.

Notes for editors

The Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship is an international, non-profit institution based in Geneva, Switzerland, which celebrates and preserves master craftsmanship and strengthens its connection to the world of design. Rooted in a tradition of culture and excellence as well as in the realities and challenges of our current global economy, the foundation seeks to support men and women who dedicate themselves to the pursuit of master craftsmanship and to foster a new cultural movement built around the values that are essential for their work. The foundation focuses on Europe as a starting point for its activities, in recognition that fine craftsmanship has been a vital part of the economic and cultural fabric of the region for centuries. Homo Faber: Crafting a more human future is the foundation’s first major cultural exhibition dedicated to the very best in European craftsmanship, which welcomed 62,500 art enthusiasts to its inaugural edition in Venice in 2018.

Homo Faber Guide launched on 17 September 2020 is an online, searchable guide, which showcases artisans, museums, ateliers, manufacturers, galleries and experiences linked to the world of fine craftsmanship around Europe. It is the foundation’s signature digital project. The portal connects art enthusiasts, collectors, clients, galleries, curious travellers and designers with the continent’s crafting excellence. It features over 650 artisans across over 25 European countries. Newly selected artisans appear weekly, with the aim of presenting over 1,000 masters and rising talents by 2021.

Marlies Von Soden Artisan©Uta Starling Pillars of Fire & Cloud Lacy Barry Artisan©All rights reserved Tabea Vietzke Artisan©All rights reserved The Blue Dragon Jens Ritter Artisan©Jens Ritter Sebastian Herkner HFG Ambassador©Evelyn Dragan