Artisanal handicrafts
The establishment of high-quality, contemporary artisanal handicrafts was one of the original intentions behind the redevelopment of Böttcherstrasse.

Workshops were set up around the inner courtyard of the Paula Becker-Modersohn House in 1927 that were available to artisans free of charge: a silversmith’s shop, a turnery, a carpenter’s shop, a ceramic workshop, a pottery and, later, an enamel workshop. Besides the ceramist Otto Meier, the longest-standing resident artisans in the 1930s included his brother the silversmith Emil Meier and the cabinetmaker Friedrich Schanze. They are listed as permanent users of the workshops until 1937, and the potter Jan Boon, the carpenter Anton Bouerdick, the silversmith Franz Bolze and the turner Walter Merssmann also worked from there from 1927.

Objects from this most important phase of artisanal production in Böttcherstrasse, which was very much in the art deco style, have also been preserved in the archive and are made available on loan to museum exhibitions if and as required. The extensively-researched history of the artisans working under Bernhard Hoetger can also be documented with the help of the archive’s own exhibits.