The Haël-Werkstätten, or Haël Workshops for Artistic Ceramics, was founded in Marwitz in 1923 by Margarete Heymann and her economist husband Gustave Loebenstein along with his brother, Daniel, after Heymann’s departure from the Bauhaus. The name “Haël” derives from the first letters of the couple’s hyphenated name, Heymann-Loebenstein. The trio originally rented their kiln works in Marwitz, and purchased the works in 1926. Heymann served as the workshop’s artistic direct, and the firm employed 120 people to manufacture modern ceramic designs for sale in Germany and export to London and America. Tragically, Gustav and Daniel Loebenstein were killed in an automobile accident on their way to a... more.