Werkstatt - Workshop
- Meet the artisans behind the art! -
The Kinderecke is a safe place for families to color, craft and play together.
It is located inside hut #46 between the Carmel Pyramid and The Tarkington Theatre.
Step inside the Werkstatt (“Workshop”) and learn how some of the traditional Christmas decorations that you find at the Market are made! The Werkstatt is more than just a hut - it’s a community and a glimpse into history. Visitors can meet the German artists, share stories, swap tricks and tips and feel inspired by the extraordinary talent of these artisans. Some of the highly-specialized techniques that have sustained different regions in Germany for centuries are at the brink of extinction in this fast-paced world. In our Werkstatt, the artists and visitors are letting time stand still while appreciating different cultures and different ways to keep traditions alive for the next generation.
- 2023 Werkstatt Schedule -
*Check weekly schedule below summaries for times
November 18 - 19: Ringo Müller
Ringo Müller is a 4th generation woodturner from Seiffen, Saxony. Müller Schwibbogen and Christmas pyramids from the Erzgebirge have been a staple in German households and abroad for over a century. We are honored to welcome Herr Müller each year on opening day.
November 22 -December 3: Markus Wagner
Markus Wagner is the last remaining woodcarver at the Oberammergauer Schnürlkasperl. His witty creations and masterful artwork come alive as delighted kids and adults pull the strings of the beloved jumping jacks. Oberammergau is a small village nestled at the foot of the alps and famous for its Passionsspiele (“passion play”).
NOVEMBER 24 & 25
NOVEMBER 29 & 30
DECEMBER 1 & 2
December 6 - 10: Falk Bauer & Katrin Zapf
Falk Bauer and Katrin Zapf are joining the Market from the historic glassblowing community of Lauscha in Thuringia. No Christmas tree is complete without glass baubles and intricate Baumschmuck from Lauscha. Come try your hand at glassblowing and marvel at the delicate detail that these artists can coax out of molten glass.
DECEMBER 6 & 7
DECEMBER 8, 9, & 10
December 13 - 19: Anja Werner
Anja Werner is an instructor at the Kunsthochschule in Schneeberg - the region’s most prestigious art institute where she learned the art of woodcarving and furniture making from the old masters. Frau Werner took the old-world techniques and applied a modern twist to create her unique Holzgestalten (“wooden shapes”).
DECEMBER 15 & 16
DECEMBER 18 & 19
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December 20 - 24: Joachim Seitfudem
Meet Joachim Seitfudem, a prominent sculptor from Bad Kohlgrub, Bavaria, and watch him transform a plain tree stump into a masterpiece. Even though Herr Seitfudem was raised in a family of artists, his talent to create meaningful sculptures is influenced by his life experiences and travel around the world.
DECEMBER 22 & 23
- Previous Artists -
2017 and 2018: Christian Werner & Andreas Werner of Werner Reifentiere
We are forever grateful for our friendship and partnership with Werner Reifentiere. Visitors and team members alike hold fond memories of Herr Werner creating wooden rings out of tree stumps before ceremoniously revealing the actual shapes hidden inside the rings. Many Market visitors still keep their wooden horse or buffalo or sheep on their mantle in memory of these truly magic moments. Thank you, Herr Werner, for your vision and for playing such a big role in getting the Market and the Werkstatt program off to a fantastic start.
2022: Hans-Joachim Seitfudem
We enjoyed the cheerful company of Hans-Joachim Seitfudem and loved watching him transform tree stumps into the well-known faces of Maria, Joseph and Jesus during his visit. Herr Seitfudem is well-known across Europe, and his stunning large-scale wood sculptures, life-size nativity sets and more can be found in Germany, Italy, Switzerland and other countries. We hope to welcome him again in the future!