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From Student to Student: Porcelain Passes Through 100 Hands

What does it take to make cups and plates from the three inconspicuous raw materials kaolin, feldspar and quartz? It’s a long way off until this stage; porcelain must first go through many different departments.

In the former porcelain factory where Porzellanikon in Selb is housed, students get a chance to see these “departments” up close and experience the individual steps – from the rocky raw materials to a shiny white coffee cup – in an authentic way. The children are divided into four to eight groups and independently explore a department in the Porcelain Production where they become acquainted with the operations there. Then at the end the entire class goes through each of the steps again from the raw materials to the finished product. Each group is responsible for presenting their own department, which gives everyone a good overview of how a porcelain factory works. They also get an answer to the question: “How many hands does it take to make porcelain?”

The following departments can be explored:

  •      Body Mill
  •      Modelling
  •      Turning Shop
  •      Slip Casting Shop
  •      Saggar Turning Shop
  •      Glazing
  •      Firing
  •      Decorating

It is also possible to book a creative activity (porcelain decorating or modelling).

Location: Porzellanikon Selb
Age: Year (grade) 6-10
Curriculum reference:
Mittelschule (middle school): PCB (physics, chemistry, biology) 8.4, 9.5, GSE (history, social studies, geography) 10.4, Ku (art) 7.4, AWT (work, economy, technology) 6.3, 8.1, 9.2, WTG (handicrafts, textiles, design), 10.6
Realschule (secondary school): Ge (history) 9.1, W (handicrafts) 6.2, 7.3, 9.2, EK (geography) 6.6
Gymnasium (grammar school): EK (geography) 7.4, Ge (history) 8.2
2.5 hours
Group size: max. 40 people
Cost: 1 € per person, €1.70 material costs for porcelain painting; €2 for porcelain modelling
Registration: At least two weeks in advance by calling +49 9287 91800-48 or sending an email to museumspaedagogik(at)

We are happy to organize programmes tailored to your specific needs and will help you plan project days and weeks or offer support with seminar projects and introductory scientific projects (P- und W-Seminare).