Born on July 23rd, 1956 in Crailsheim, Germany
Married, two adult sons
Diploma in Educational Science (Dipl. Päd.)
Teacher for Children with special needs
Master of Ceramics
University Lecturer for ceramics
Berufsverband Handwerk Kunst Design e. V.
BKrlp - Berufsverband Kunsthandwerk Rheinland-Pfalz e.V.
GEDOK Künstlerinnenforum Karlsruhe – German-Austrian woman artists assoziation, cooperations e.g.
with France and England www.gedok-karlsruhe.de
Training as a master ceramist
1973 – 1975 Apprenticeship as ceramist, Seiler Pottery, Leutershausen near Ansbach/Germany
1985 Master Craftsman Examination in Ceramics
1982 -1986 Therapeutic advanced training, e.g. Rogers' person-centered therapy
Various advanced trainings in ceramics and fine arts, pedagogy and therapy
Training as a certified pedagogue and special education teacher
1997 – 2001 university studies
University degree in education (“Special Education and Adult Education”)
Diploma thesis “Leading by objectives as an approach to quality development in educational
institutions” Grade “very good” (1.0)
2004 - 2019 School for special needs
2005 Second state examination as a special education teacher
2004 - 2016 School for children with learning difficulties and special needs
St. Laurentius and Paulus Caritas Rehabilitation Center, Herxheim/ Landau
2016 - 20219 Special school for motor development, Landau
1994 University entrance qualification
Professional activities, teaching , lecturer, concept developments, workshop leader
1973 – 1976 Seiler Pottery, Leutershausen/Germany
1976 – 1980 Work in the home and rehabilitation center (pottery, weaving, wood workshop) at the
rehabilitation center Haus Lindenhof, Schwäbisch Gmünd/Germany, a home for the
Since 1976 Educational and therapeutic work with clay in children and adults.
Workshops with inclusion of handicapped persons: “Designing with clay”, Rehabilitation
by arts and crafts
Regular lectures, trainings and workshops in various settings, fire sculptures, paper kilns
and experimental firing
1980 – 1986 Concept development and management of the therapeutic pottery studio, Eußerthal clinic
for the addicted
2003 – 2011 Development of the curriculum / conception and lecturing "rehabilitation by arts and
crafts". Online teaching program, KEB, Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
1991 – 2001 Lecturer at the CJD Maximiliansau School for Occupational Therapy
Since 1992 Own ceramic studio with regular solo and group exhibitions both at home, in Europe and
beyond, e.g. China
1995 Lecturer at University of Koblenz-Landau Department of Special Education (Prof.
Dr. Andreas Fröhlich) “Fördern durch Gestalten” (Rehabilitation by Designing)
since 1997 Lecturer at the Institute for Art Science and Fine Arts, University of Koblenz-Landau
(Prof. Dr. Herzner, Prof. Dr. Christoph Zuschlag, Prof. Tina Stolt, Prof. Marc
Fritzsche): “Ceramics – The Fascination of Clay – Three-Dimensional Design”
|1980–1986 | Concept development and management of the therapeutic pottery studio, Eußerthal clinic for the addicted|
|1991–2001 | Lecturer at the CJD Maximiliansau School for Occupational Therapy|
|Since 1992 | Own ceramic studio with regular solo and group exhibitions both at home, in Europe and beyond|
|1995 | Lecturer at University of Koblenz-Landau Department of Special Education (Prof. Dr. Andreas Fröhlich) "Fördern durch Gestalten" (Rehabilitation by Designing)|
|since 1997 | Lecturer at the Institute for Art Science and Fine Arts, University of Koblenz-Landau (Prof. Dr. Herzner, Prof. Dr. Christoph Zuschlag, Prof. Tina Stolt, Prof. Marc Fritzsche): "Ceramics - The Fascination of Clay - Three-Dimensional Design” 99
2003 Participation in the “Kultursommer State Project Rhineland-Palatinate” with adolescents in Ludwigshafen "Water, Air, Fire", Summer Festival of Cultures: Firing projects, workshop and exhibition.
2004 Organisation and Management of the 7th International Symposium "Therapeutic and educational possibilities with clay" with lectures and workshops. Klingenmünster,
Pfalzinstitut Hospital, Department for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
2005 Art-therapeutic-ceramic project with child soldiers in Kananga, Kasai, DR Congo/Africa
2007 Organisation and Management of the 8th International Symposium "Therapeutic and
pedagogical possibilities with clay”. Munich, Nymphenburg School Center.
Empty Bowls Project
2013 Fuping, China: Participant at the ICMEA Conference as international ceramic expert: lecture, round trip to great masters and important places of ceramics
2016 Empty Bowls - Project with underage refugees and students, Landau University, Germany
2019 Appointed Curator for „NORTHERN LIGHTS“, Kultursommer Rhineland-Palatinate,
Germany: exhibition of ten ceramists from Scandinavia and the Baltics (postponed due to Corona pandemic to 2021)
2019 Appointed Juror for “Kunst am Bau” (Percent for Art Program), Klingenmuenster, Germany
2020 Organisation of my 4th "Empty Bowls" project. Landau, Germany
Competitions, juried exhibitions, sholarships
2001 Competition and Exhibitions in France, e. g. Sarreguemines
2002 Scholarship holder of the 6th International Artists' Symposium "Terra Arte”
Exhibition at Art Museum „Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen“, Magdeburg
From 2007 “Ceramic Art from the Charcoal kiln”, Solo and Group exhibitions
From 2013 GEDOK Group exhibitions annualy
2013 Staatspreis, State Award for Arts and Crafts: Participant in the exhibition, Koblenz and
Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
Villa Wieser, Herxheim , Germany- Market for Applied Arts - Exhibition
2014 Pfalzpreis nominee: State Award for Arts and Crafts: Participant in the exhibition
2016 Scholarship holder at Contemporary Ceramic Symposium in DeHua / Quanzhou,
Xiamen, China, Exhibition
2016 Staatspreis, State Award for Arts and Crafts Rhineland-Palatinate”, participant artist.
Koblenz and Kaiserslautern, Germany Exhibition
2018 Scholarship holder “Erasmus” - International Symposium of Art Academy of Latvia
in Riga, Zvartava Castle, Latvia, Exhibition
2018 "Japan meets Palatinate", exhibiting artist partnering with Hiro Ajiki, Japan.
Kaiserslautern - Johanniskreuz, Handwerkskammer Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
2019 Staatspreis, State Award for Arts and Crafts Rhineland-Palatinate, participating
artist. Trier and Mainz, Germany, Exhibition
2019 "Many Ways-One Goal" exhibition on the occasion of 50 years of bkrlp Berufverband
Kunsthandwerk Rhineland-Palatinate. Mainz, Germany.
2019 "90th anniversary of GEDOK association of woman artists". exhibition Orgelfabrik
2019 Town twinning Karlsruhe-Nottingham: exhibition at GEDOK, Karlsruhe/Germany
and Nottingham, United Kingdom of Great Britain
2019 “Ceramic Art from Charcoal Kiln”, solo exhibition, Erfweiler, Germany
2020 “Line-up - Teachers of the Art Institute of the University Koblenz-Landau “. Villa
Streccius Art Gallery, Landau in der Pfalz, Germany
2020 “Ton-Steine-Scherben” (“Clay-Stone-Sherds”), exhibition together with students of
Koblenz-Landau University and HWK Rhineland-Palatinate. Johanniskreuz, Germany
2021 Brennpunkt Keramik II – “Hot Spot Ceramics” - Unique Contemperary Ceramic Arts -
Exhibition, Hannelore Seiffert - Collection
HERSTORY - 70 years of GEDOK Reutlingen, exhibition. Reutlingen, Germany
Since 1992 Regular various exhibitions in Germany, art weekends, markets for applied arts
Day of Open Potteries: exhibition (every year)
2013 Participant at NCECA Ceramics Conference. Houston, Texas, USA
1995 Therapeutic pottery in a rehabilitation center for the addicted
2003 Rehabilitation by art and handicrafts, Curriculum, KEB, Mainz
2007 Art-therapeutic-ceramic project with child soldiers in the Congo
2011 "ICMEA conference" in the professional journal "NEUE KERAMIK, New Ceramics”
2011 Publication about Karin Flurer-Bruenger in the magazine "La Ceramica" in Italy
2012 Ceramics from the charcoal kiln, Karin Flurer-Bruenger, photos by Jochen Foeller
2013 "NCECA Houston 2013" in "NEUE KERAMIK" New Ceramics.
2013 The Fascination of Clay "- why we need to put clay in the hands of children" in: Journal for Special Education
2016 Art Nouveau Ceramics in the German Southwest, in: Zuschlag, Christoph (ed.): Jugendstil in der Pfalz. A research project. Koblenz-Landau University, Department of Art History, 2016.
2017 Textbook: „Faszination Ton - Paedagogische Moeglichkeiten mit Ton - Mit Foerderaspekten für die Inklusion“. Verlag modernes lernen, Dortmund, Germany
Publication in the journal "NEUE KERAMIK" on DeHua Symposium, China
2020 Portrait of Karin Flurer-Brünger, about black fired vessels and her love for clay. In: NEUE KERAMIK.
Ceramic excursions to European countries: Ukraine, Greece, Spain, France, England, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria
Ceramic excursions to Asian countries: China, Japan Iran, Uzbekistan (Silk Road), Turkey, India, Myanmar
Ceramic excursions to African countries: DR Congo, Morocco South Africa
Ceramicexcursions to the Americas: Canada, USA, Brazil, Ecuador,
Theater projects using clay and ceramic arts: in Solingen and Herxheim