Sophie Mische sits in her workshop in front of a potter’s wheel. On the table next to her are about 50 pieces of clay of the same size. She picks one up, puts it on the potter’s wheel and presses the pedal with her foot. As the disc rotates evenly, she uses her craftsmanship to shape the lump of clay into a bulbous shape. At the tender age of 22, the artist is already running her own company. S’ Alpgfihl is the name of her workshop, with its attendant sales and display room. There she produces tableware including ceramic mugs, cereal bowls, teapots and even lamps – all in Allgäu chic.
“My mother advised me to do an apprenticeship at a pottery. After that I knew I didn’t want to do anything else”, states Sophie Mische. Positions for skilled artisans are few and far between. This is why she decided to set up her own workshop after completing her training. A bold move, but one that the 22-year-old does not regret. A happy coincidence helped her with this decision. The municipality of Ofterschwang decided to use an old farmhouse to showcase traditional handicrafts. Sophie Mische impressed with her pottery art immediately. “That’s how I was able to open my own pottery workshop ‘s’ Alpgfihl’ in the Busche-Berta-Haus in Ofterschwang.”