In 1761, the porcelain maker's workshops were relocated to the circular building in the north of the palace grounds. Over time, the buildings located on the Würm canal were continuously added to. The workshops, which include original buildings dating from the late 18th century as well as the first hall made of corrugated iron sheeting to be built in Bavaria and – since 1929 – the manufactory's mould archives, constitute a record of the history of Nymphenburg. All the premises that Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg uses have been listed and placed under protection.
The Nymphenburg Movie
A unique visual tour through the Nymphenburg ateliers.
Even today, all mechanical equipment at the listed and protected buildings of Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg is powered by the water which runs from the estate's stream – just as it was in the 18th century.
The production of the correct mix of kaolin, feldspar and quartz is an art that Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg has refined over its 260 years.
All round parts – plates, bowls, vases – are made by hand on potter's wheels and, not as in other companies, on roller machines.
The model shop lies at the heart of Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg. This is where the plaster moulds for casting and drying all porcelain parts that are not round are made.
Model & mould archive
More than 30,000 shapes are stored at Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg's model and mould archive.
All pieces that cannot be shaped on the potter's wheel are cast by hand. To this end, the so-called "slip", the liquefied porcelain paste, is filled in plaster moulds, which may be used up to 15 times.
Many figures and objects by Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg that are made up of many parts are given their final shape at the luting shop.
Nymphenburg's paints are famous for their brilliance, purity and rich variety of shades.
In the production of high-quality Nymphenburg porcelain, the process of firing is at least just as important as the balanced composition of the basic materials.
The designs are Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg's signature. Hardly any other manufactory has such a wealth of motifs and opulence in its range.
The technique is still employed to the highest perfection by Nymphenburg's masters to decorate many animal sculptures and figures.
The gilded areas and platinum ornamentations are dull and lacklustre when they leave the kiln and so must subsequently be buffed up with the help of agate and haematite.
Nymphenburg majolica is unique in the world. Nymphenburg has been producing majolica figures and tiles by hand using traditional methods for around 160 years.
Mr. Dieter Zeus responsible for the porcelain mass at Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg speaks about his work.
The apprentices Lotte and Caroline tell us what it’s like to enjoy an apprenticeship in the arts of porcelain painting and embossing at the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg.
"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."
An inspiration for artists, musicians and poets since the 18th Century: the armored rhinoceros Clara remains the topic of conversation and at the center of attention.
House of Wittelsbach
The Nymphenburg Mark
Who made it
At 26, Katharina Neumann is a real shooting star of the manufactory. She began her training as a manufactory porcelain painter at Nymphenburg in 2008 and today she is already working as the right hand of Mr. Schnitzler, head of painting.