Denk Keramik was established in 1964 by my father, Franz Denk. Alongside crockery and decorative objects, the firm also made large ceramic pieces and sculptures. The ceramic raw materials were mixed and delivered preground by a mill, according to our specific instructions. In our workshops, the dry clay mixture was kneaded together with water to make clay and was ready for working after a four-week maturation period. We still work according to this basic principle today.
Ceramics manufacture reached its technical and artistic peak around 2,500 years ago in China, with the discovery of porcelain. These heights have never been reached again since. Large numbers of giant vases and sculptures were made with great mastery. Even today, experts wonder how this was possible without mechanical help and which tricks and techniques the Chinese artists used.
What has been passed on from this time, however, is that ceramicists were mindful of three things:
- The best clay
- The best source water for mixing
- A decades-long maturation period for the clay
Those were the conditions and that was the secret to being able to make extremely difficult ceramic works of art.