Inspiring Living Spaces

About workshops, studios and living spaces, where work and life unite in an inspiring way. Art Aurea, Issue 50, Winter 2022.

In the past, workshops and studios produced many of the masterpieces of art and craft that have endured for centuries and that we still admire as our cultural heritage today. The winter issue of Art Aurea – the 50th since our new start in 2010 – focuses on workshops and studios of the present day. 

Not infrequently, ateliers are closely interwoven with the artists’ homes and lives, as in the article “Credible Confidence” about photographer Sibylle Mania and ceramic artist Martin Neubert. Renate Luckner-Bien visited the artist couple in their beautiful Wilhelminian home on Weimar’s Stadtring. Photographs by Alexander Burzik and Sibylle Mania.

In his workshop in Weimar, Martin Neubert first manufactures a wide variety of individual parts, also on the potter’s wheel, which are then assembled on sculptures. Photo Alexander Burzik.

Margit Jäschke and Georg Dobler have ranked among the most important protagonists of contemporary jewelry art for many years. Margit Jäschke comes from Halle an der Saale; Georg Dobler grew up in Pforzheim. Both artists have lived and worked in Halle for more than a decade. In addition to their own creations, there is also plenty of space in their home for works by their friends. Under the title “Free and Together,” Julie Metzdorf presents the couple, photographed by Nikolaus Brade. Margit Jäschke’s works will be on display in the exhibition “Kairos” at the Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim from December 10, 2022 to April 16, 2023.

The artist couple Margit Jäschke and Georg Dobler in their kitchen at the large dining table. Ceramic vessels from friends belong to it. Photo Nikolaus Brade.

Young-Jae Lee is an exceptional figure in the world of ceramic art. The director of the Margaretenhöhe ceramics workshop sees herself as a potter, yet enjoys the highest recognition in art circles. The article on the occasion of her exhibition “Contemporary Craft: Young-Jae Lee” also raises the question of the self-confidence of the craft. Masterpieces by Young-Jae Lee are on display at MK&G Hamburg from Nov. 23, 2022 to April 23, 2023. 

The manufactory program of the ceramic workshop Margaretenhöhe in Essen is comprehensive. Bowls, vases, cups and plates up to complete dinner services are turned by hand. Young-Jae Lee makes the masterpieces himself. Photo MK&G messe, Margaretenhöhe Ceramic Workshop, © Haydar Koyupinar.

Like Georg Dobler, Manfred Bischoff, who was born in Schömberg in the Black Forest in 1947, was one of the pioneers of contemporary jewelry art. Seven years after his untimely death, an opulent book illuminates the exceptional position of this versatile artist and thinker. Reinhold Ludwig presents “Manfred Bischoff – Ding Dong.” Edited by Rike Bartels, layout by Gaby Veit, published by arnoldsche Art Publishers 2022.

More topics in Art Aurea, Issue 50, Winter 2022

Loewe Craft Prize 2022, part 2. In addition to the prize winners in issue 49, another 15 finalists and their works are presented. Participants explain what they particularly appreciate about the international competition for arts and crafts.

Amphore Métaphore. For their exhibition at the Conches Glass Museum, Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg have explored the ancient vessel form. 

State Prizes Baden-Württemberg 2022. Ute Kathrin Beck, Mirjam Hiller and Annette Lechler are the main winners.

Hear Me Now. The stories of enslaved Blacks written in clay. An exhibition at the Met, New York.

In Winter. Art gallery and flower store. Can they go together? The new exhibition at Brutto Gusto in Berlin.

Through Objects. With her online platform and her first book, Rita Trindade is actively working to shift the focus to environmentally sustainable materials and techniques.

The Maximum Minimum. She brings many things together, art and craft, citizenship and ethnology, gender roles and role models. Wiebke Siem at the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg. 19.11.2022 — 12.03.2023, Mönchsberg 32,

The Forger (detail), 2008/09, exhibition view, Kunstmuseum Den Haag 2022. Courtesy the artist, © Wiebke Siem, photo Kunstmuseum Den Haag.

The 50th edition of Art Aurea, Winter 2022, contains 92 pages including its cover and is available at leading galleries and specialty shops for 12 euros (E.U. 14 euros) as well as by subscription. Copies can be ordered by sending an email to or at