Munich; Ted Muelhing, and ‘Tortoise’ at Porzellan Manufactur Numphenburg
by Venetia Kapernekas
With ‘Tortoise’ the New York artist has returned to the workshop of the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg a good decade after his successful start in 1999. As with his earlier designs the artistic demands stand in the foreground: Muehling reduces, abstracts and translates the natural form of the faceted armour to the matt white porcelain. In this way, the renowned once again successfully captures the play on light and shadow in the unique transparency of the Numphenburg porcelain, which is hand-crafted step by step. (Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg press)
‘Tortoises are survivors from past times’, says Ted Muehling. He has been fascinated by these majestic creatures since his childhood. So much so, that he has now devoted an entire collection to them. ‘Tortoise’ – a series of vases of different sizes, a bowl, a bonbonniere and two different drinking vessels made of razor-thin biscuit porcelain from the master workshop of Numphenburg; matte on the outside, glazed on the inside. Together with the experts in products development, he realised the new objects for Tortoise in just one and a half years – handmade artefacts, shaped with passion, perfection and poetry. (Porzellan Manufaktur press )
Daniel Wingate (left), artistic director of Escada, and Ted Muehling at the lovely reception. @photoVK
Nymphenburg is the porcelain manufactory of the Bavarian crown. The noble art of porcelain-,making has been cultivated here in Munich since its founding in 1747.
‘Tortoise’, photo@Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg