The Ceramic Award

Nowadays the Walter-Gebauer-Ceramic-Award Bürgel is one of the most appreciated prizes in its field.

Since 1995 the competition has been annually announced and the award is awarded on the occasion of the Bürgel Pottery Market.

Ceramics in high manual quality and with special creative standard shall be honoured. The creative implementation of the subject, the use of traditional ceramic techniques as well as the search for new forms of expression in the ceramics are appreciated.

With this prize the honourable master potter and teacher Walter Gebauer (1907 – 1989) is

reminded of.


In 2008 ART regio, the program of the Sparkassenversicherung to support art, one in three institutions gave the amount of 1,500€ for the prize for the first time.

Since that time the prize has been sponsored by ART regio. The two other institutions are the Support Group of the Ceramics Museum Bürgel / Dornburg Pottery Workshop e.V. and the Bürgel Pottery Market e.V. (up to 2014 the Bürgel Pottery Market GmbH).

The prize raises more attractiveness because of the public competition exhibition , seen by several thousands of visitors every year. Furthermore there has been the tradition of acquiring pieces starting in the first year. So far every year the ceramics museum has succeeded in acquiring the piece of the winner and those competition works that gained praises by the jury . In the meantime this group forms a special collection field for contemporary ceramics in the museum.

In the meantime this group forms a special collection field for contemporary ceramics in the museum.

Every year the visitors of the competition exhibition have got the opportunity to award the public’s prize as secret ballot. The exhibit with the most votes is bought with the help of sponsors and afterwards a lot is drawn among those who voted for this exhibit.

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