current special exhibition

Gernot Fritzsche – Ceramics put to good use

Gernot Fritzsche (born 1944) is one of the finest contemporary ceramicists in Thuringia. Over decades, the potter, who lives in Suhl and has been self-employed since 1982, has perfected his craftsmanship, which had its beginnings in Bürgel. Trained in the master area Friedel in Bürgel and in the workshop of Gerda Körting in Saalfeld, as well as his subsequent journeyman work in the ceramics workshop of Heide-Marie Fritzsche in Saalfeld, Gernot Fritzsche received the finishing touches to the craft in his master training with Walter Gebauer. The fact that he occasionally had to endure bruises when Walter Gebauer demonstrated the power of the pincer grasp makes him smile today. He would not want to have missed that time or any of his previous educational and professional detours. After all, he is a passionate potter and can be found at his own stall on many pottery markets every year.

Gernot Fritzsche still particularly loves making pottery products for everyday use. His ceramics embody puristic elegance, solid craftsmanship and functionality. With their appealing brown or gray-green mat glazes, he wants his ceramics to be put to good use, as the title of the exhibition states.

Gernot Fritzsche is a man of modesty, wit and cheerfulness, but nonetheless with a firm attitude. Not only a potter and problem solver, creatively mastering all challenges in life and work, he is also an excellent sportsman.

In the annual competition for the Walter Gebauer Ceramics Prize in Bürgel, Gernot Fritzsche has won several awards, most recently in 2022 for a tea set consisting of a tea pot and bowl. The exhibition »Gernot Fritzsche – Ceramics Put to Good Use« pays tribute to the work of the nearly 80-year-old ceramicist and illustrates the development and diversity of his skills in this retrospective. We would like to thank the »Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Thüringen« for the financial support for this special exhibition.

A catalog has been published in conjunction with the exhibition and can be purchased for 9 Euros.

Exhibition catalog

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Past exhibitions

»Keramik der Weimarer Kunstgewerbe-schule«
Henry van de Veldes


Mai 2023 – Sep 2023
im Keramik-Museum Bürgel

»E. von Egidy«
1872 – 1946


Nov 2022 – Apr 2023
im Keramik-Museum Bürgel

»L. Laser«
Kunst. Keramik


Mai 2022 – Okt 2022
im Keramik-Museum Bürgel

Anstatt unnützem Ziergerät


Okt 2021 – Apr 2022

im Keramik-Museum Bürgel

»M. Friedlaender«


Juli 2021 – Sep 2021
im Keramik-Museum Bürgel

»Kristian Körting«

Sep. 2019 – Feb. 2020
im Keramik-Museum Bürgel

»Keramikpreis Bürgel«
25 Jahre

Nov. 2019 – Nov. 2020
im Keramik-Museum Bürgel

»Wilhelm Löber«

Nov. 2018 – März 2019
im Keramik-Museum Bürgel

»Sammlung Heinz«

März 2018 – Okt. 2018
im Keramik-Museum Bürgel

»Töpferei Max Neumann«
Töpferspuren in Bürgel 7

Sep. 2017 – Feb. 2018
im Keramik-Museum Bürgel

Gedanke und Form

März 2017 – Aug. 2017
im Keramik-Museum Bürgel

Mittelalterische Töpfereien in der Jenaer Vorstadt

Sep. 2016 – Feb. 2016
im Keramik-Museum Bürgel

»Zum Hundertsten« Liebfriede Bernstiel

Nov. 2015 – März 2016
im Keramik-Museum Bürgel


Juli 2015 – Nov. 2015
im Keramik-Museum Bürgel

C. Freigang

März 2015 – Juli 2015
im Keramik-Museum Bürgel