Tall lidded pot with scored decoration, High-fired stoneware, freely turned and mounted, yellow transparent glaze, author: Otto Lindig, 1922. Klassik Stiftung Weimar / © Maria Hokema.
Tall lidded pot with scored decoration, High-fired stoneware, freely turned and mounted, yellow transparent glaze, author: Otto Lindig, 1922. Klassik Stiftung Weimar / © Maria Hokema.

Before switching in 1920 to the ceramics workshop at the Bauhaus in Dornburg, Otto Lindig had already studied at the Grand-Ducal Applied Arts College under Henry van de Velde starting in 1913, and starting in 1915 had studied sculpture at the Grand-Ducal Academy of Art and at the Bauhaus in Weimar with Richard Engelmann. The tall lidded pot with etched decoration was the apprenticeship piece with which he successfully completed his training in 1922. He started making his first ceramic pieces using a casting technique in 1923 with the L1 combination teapot. In his apprenticeship piece, Lindig combines his sculptural experience with traditional pottery techniques, including even the scoring technique, which was already in use during the Neolithic period. The body of the pot recalls a portly male figure, amusingly completed by a lid resembling a hat. The shining yellow glaze further accentuates the work’s lively aura; Lindig used the same glaze in other ceramic pieces.In 1924, Lindig was made responsible first for the technical and later for the commercial management of the Bauhaus’s Stables Workshop in Dornburg.

Text:
Michael Siebenbrodt, curator at the Bauhaus Museum Weimar.