Where Angels are Born OR My Visit to Wendt & Kühn
My two lovely hosts met me at the gorgeous W&K retail shop where many of the handcrafted figures are displayed. I had to have a picture in front of the Grand Sample Cabinet that presents figures designed and crafted over the 105 years of the company's history. Every year some figures are "retired" to the Cabinet not to reappear in the W&K catalog for years. And some figures are brought out of the cabinet, designs and colours updated and included in new Collections.
Something that is very noticeable in any W&K figure is the natural angles of the arms and legs. Great care is taken in the design of each piece to create "movement" or the perception of movement in the figure's limbs. Can you image trying to figure out the angle of Orchestra Angels' arms as they play the many instruments - from percussion to strings to winds.
And then the detailed painting happens and that for me was the most fascinating part of the tour. Roomfuls of talented women sit with their trays of blank figures brushing life and character into them. They make it look so easy but it takes a very steady and practiced hand. I was told that of all the artists there are only about 6 who are allowed to paint the faces of the figures - creating the look of peace, joy and innocence.
I feel so privileged to have been welcomed to Wendt und Kühn and to have met the fabulous women - Corinna and Christiane - who assist me with orders and my myriad of questions! I also got to meet the current managing director Claudia Baer (née Wendt) who is leading her family's company - but that's for another Blog!
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