Lore Kramer’s ceramics – her bowls, vases, plates, lidded pots and cups – are intended for practical use. She draws her inspiration from works by recognized pioneers of modern design such as Christopher Dresser, as well as from East Asian ceramics and traditional local handcrafted pottery.
Lore Kramer’s criteria are functionality and integrity of form – principles that link her to the Bauhaus, but also to her husband, the architect Ferdinand Kramer (1898–1985). Many of her objects are multipurpose or can be combined or stacked in different ways. Her works moreover exhibit perfect craftsmanship in the restrained but clear and brightly coloured glazes.
This extensive exhibition of the work of Lore Kramer (born Lore Koehn in 1926) retraces the path that led her to three-dimensional work, demonstrates her talent for drawing and examines her role at the Werkkunstschule Offenbach, which became the Hochschule für Gestaltung.