Tina Trautvetter

Porcelain factory painter, Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg

What is the most unique thing about your career?
“I have worked at Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg for 7 years as a porcelain painter. Before that, I had my apprenticeship as a technical assistant in graphics and design. Unfortunately, you were sitting in front of the computer more than in the workshop. The special thing about my job at Nymphenburg is that I can work artistically and creatively. It is great to collaborate with artists and designers who design new decor painting schemes for porcelain services. I am very satisfied to have found such an unusual profession which makes me happy”.

What type of hand craftsmanship have you learned to make at Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg and which degree will you receive afterward?
“I learned the profession of a porcelain factory painter in a three and one-half year apprenticeship. However, there are some very intricate decors which you can only learn after 15 years, such as the Cumberland decor”.

How did you get the idea to start this unusual internship?
“I saw a TV report on Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg. I was extremely impressed with the hand craftsmanship so I then applied for the apprenticeship as a porcelain factory painter”.

What are you working on now?
“Right now I am working on a service with a special decor. A customer requested a plate with a splendid kingfisher bird”.

What would you like to immortalise in porcelain and what would your object be called?
“I find the historical breakthrough plates from the Rococo period very fascinating. This airy, filigree technique would also be appropriate for a contemporary design”.

If you need creative input, where do you seek inspiration?
“I look for inspiration in nature. There I can find ideas for forms and decors”.

You have to work with a lot of concentration and often listen to music to not become distracted. Which song is essential in your playlist?
“Of course, ‘Porcelain’ by Farin Urlaub”!

With which famous person would you like to have dinner and what service would be on the table?
“If I could travel through time, than it would be Hundertwasser. The table would be covered with the widest range of services, and eclectic mix from Cumberland to Ted Muehling”.

Which piece from Nymphenburg Porzellan would you absolutely have to make room for in your home?
“My favourite piece is the water nymph vase by Ludwig Tischler“.

After a workday at a master craftsman’s atelier, where can you be found in the evening?
“I am in the fresh air a lot. Either I am relaxing in the garden - I love my plants - or I am riding my bike through nature. Otherwise, I like to paint during my leisure time. I like to work on large-scale wall paintings”.