On one of those beautiful spring days I entered Schoemig Porzellan for the first time – the shop was flooded with sunlight throwing long shadows onto the shelves filled with delicate porcelain.
Her bright collection of white and pastel-colored bowls and cups beamed brightly, I almost saw the light going through them. It’s certainly one of the prettiest stores I know and even more so, preserving an almost lost art.
The big signature sign shows what’s it all about: the art of porcelain. Taking a short break from burning and polishing, Claudia Schoemig and I sit down with a cup of coffee to talk about her work in her store, that is also her studio. She stresses the importance of making everything by hand. Most of the available tableware nowadays is produced industrially, she still takes the time to hand build this delicate and therefore difficult material on her own. From bowls to vases, it takes her about 10-12 working steps per piece, making each piece unique and signed with her own “handwriting”.
Learning to be able to work with porcelain is like learning how to play a musical instrument. It takes a lot of practice and patience. During Claudia’s years of studies she was oftentimes told this skill isn’t necessary anymore. She insisted and after working at various workshops, she felt the time was right to start something on her own.
Since last November, Schoemig Porzellan is situated in one of the nicest areas of Prenzlauer Berg – people are browsing dozens of small shops and enjoy their free-time with a cup of coffee. The store showcases most of her beautiful collection (great as gifts, also!) and is an attraction on its own.