About Berta Hummel:
Berta Hummel (later Maria Innocentia Hummel - M.I. Hummel after she joined the congregate of Siessen/Bavaria) was born 1909 in Bavaria/Germany. She passed away at only 37 years of age in 1946. To preserve the wonderful memories of her childhood with her six siblings spent in idyllic Bavaria, she started painting. Each and every figurine tells a story of her - and also of our - youth. Her motto: "I wish to create Happiness". Her art became world known. Berta's paintings are reproduced in 3-D Figurines in the Hummel Factory located in Roedental/Bavaria/ Germany even today, preserving the strict standards she personally set forth. They are made from finest German porcelain and entirely hand-crafted from modeling to hand-painting by native German Hummel figurine crafters.
About Hummel Figurines:
The very first GI´s who came to Germany swapped cigarettes and canned goods for Hummel figurines. After the end of World War II, the popularity of Hummel figurines grew as American soldiers stationed in West Germany began sending the figurines home as gifts. The manufacturing process starts with a clay model. The sculptors work with a very fine, black, clay material and hand sculpt a clay model based on a drawing of Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel. This process can take several weeks. Hummel figurines can never be cast in one piece. The clay model is cut into several pieces to determine the number of molds need to be made. A liquid ceramic mass, called slip, is poured into the multiple molds. A Hummel figurine can consist of up to 40 different parts, which must be accurately fitted together. Finally, glaze firing is done at 1080°C, the glaze fuses with the ceramic shell of the figurine turning the figurine white. Skilled painters hand paint the delicate figurine using hand-made brushes with the finest hair and bristles.