April 2002 - Crailsheim, Germany
Being a long-time lover of faience pottery, I was more than happy to be
make a special stop in Crailsheim during our recent trip to Europe.
Funny how we
get things set in our mind as to how things "should be" and get a real
shock when we see how things "really are."
I had thought that Crailsheim would be a small, but lively, town filled
little stores that sold pottery and such. Yes it was small, but where
people bustling to and fro? The town was almost devoid of life.
My husband stepped into a few shops to inquire if there might be any
see some faience pottery. Finally, one man suggested that we stop by a
museum located on the outskirts of town.
We stopped by the museum - it was closed. Thankfully, a woman who was
other folks set up a modern art exhibit in the main hall of this tiny
building, said that we could have a look around.
There were a few pieces of faience tucked in small alcoves upstairs and
the basement. Even though there wasn't much to see, what was sitting
quite nice. It was more than a bit amusing for the locals who were
Guess it was strange to see long-distance travelers who really wanted
antique art of their region.
We are truly thankful for the kindness shown to us in letting us view
Crailsheim faience. Seeing the real thing is definitely a rewarding
-Ginger Gehres, member SCI & the Carolina Steiners