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International Wood-Fire

Ceramic Symposium

Watermill Wittgendorf Upper Lusatia

13th Watermill Symposium 2022

We’re celebrating life!

30 years of wood-firing –
25 years of Hendrik-Schöne-Keramik
at the Watermill


13th Watermill Symposium – 2022

The 13th Watermill Symposium is taking place from 10 – 30 October 2022.

“To have a firm persuasion, to set out boldly in our work, is to make a pilgrimage of our labors, to understand that the consummation of work lies not only in what we have done, but who we have become while accomplishing the task.”

~ David Whyte 

Focus of this symposium:
“Water, Clay, Fire and Prayer”

“The interaction of water, clay and fire will significantly determine the outcome. Prayer – or perhaps hope or openness – signifies our recognition that the artist now is collaborating with complex forces of nature that are outside of his or her Complete control.”

~ Kaoru Hashimoto


  • The symposium is taking place at the Wittgendorf Watermill.
  • We will be firing the large Sasukenei Smokeless Kiln.
  • Taking this year’s symposium focus as inspiration, from October 10-30, 2022 we will be working together creating new pieces in Hendrik Schöne’s Watermill studio.
  • See “to apply” for additional details, and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
    We look forward to welcoming you to the 2022 Watermill Symposium!

„Ichi nimo tsuchi. Ni nimo tsuchi. San nimo tsuchi.”

“Of first importance is clay, of second importance is clay, of third importance is clay.”

Japanese Potters’ Saying

The fire god speaks

Anja Slapnicar

Sculpture Ikarus by Hendrik Schöne & Werner Rauschhardt

Margrit Keller

 Hendrik Schöne

Werner Rauschhardt

The entrance flue from the Bourry box to the main ware chamber 

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