Arts and crafts in Burgenland

Green bowl made of precious turpentine by Otto Potsch

Handicraft in Burgenland: Beautiful from Edelserpentin

Admittedly: until our visit to the rock museum in Bernstein im Burgenland we hadn't heard of turpentine. And we did not know at all that it is a semi-precious stone and what beautiful things can be made from it. We were on our trip to Burgenland guest for lunch at Burg Bernstein, and right underneath is the rock museum by Otto Potsch, a noble serpentine sculptor who brings this stone to life in a wide variety of shapes.

 

Green vase from Edelserpentin by Otto Potsch - arts and crafts in Burgenland
Green vase from Edelserpentin - arts and crafts in Burgenland

 

We first take a look at the tunnel that leads from here into the mountain under the castle. Here and in other places in the vicinity of amber, precious serpentine has been mined for centuries, the semiprecious stone that takes on a rich, dark green hue after grinding and polishing.

 

Green bowl made of precious turpentine by Otto Potsch
Green bowl from Edelserpentin - crafts in Burgenland
Dark green shells by Otto Potsch
Dark green shells - arts and crafts in Burgenland

 

Otto Potsch, born in Vienna, first learned the craft of an ivory carver. He got to know noble turpentine during his apprenticeship, and he should never let go of him for the rest of his life. He used it to create vases, bowls, religious figures, vessels and sculptures, which earned him the nickname "Michelangelo of Modernity" in the local mouth. You can see some of his works in the rock museum in Bernstein today.

 

Jumping horse by Otto Potsch
Jumping horse by Otto Potsch - arts and crafts in Burgenland
Elephant by Otto Potsch
Elephant by Otto Potsch - arts and crafts in Burgenland
Resting buffalo by Otto Potsch
Resting buffalo by Otto Potsch - crafts in Burgenland
Bears from Edelserpentin by Otto Potsch
Bears from Edelserpentin by Otto Potsch - Handicrafts in Burgenland

 

Potsch's occupation with stones meant that he also dealt with other rocks and fossils. And his latest project is a collection of photos he made of ancient animals, insects and plants in fossil rock. The result is a fascinating photographic exhibition, which can also be seen in the museum.

 

Amber casket
Amber casket
Casket of amber and wood
Casket of amber and wood
Fossil ants by Otto Potsch
Fossil ants by Otto Potsch
Fossil corals by Otto Potsch
Reflections in amber by Otto Potsch
Fossil fly by Otto Potsch
Fossil fly by Otto Potsch
Fossil photography by Otto Potsch
Fossil photography by Otto Potsch

 

Petar's video about the Amber Museum can be found here:
Austrian arts and crafts in Burgenland: What you can do with Edelserpentin


You can see these exhibitions in:
Rock Museum Amber
Main station 5
A-7434 amber
Tel 03354 / 6620

open daily: 1. March to 23. December

 


Travel Arrangements

Arrival by plane, train or bus
Lufthansa or Austrian Airlines fly to Vienna. You can also travel to Vienna by train.

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You can spend the night in Bernstein Castle, the birthplace of Count Almasy, the model for the film "The English Patient"
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More Hotels in Southern Burgenland * you can find under this link.


 

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Source: own research on site. We would like to thank Burgenland Tourismus for inviting you to this trip. Our opinion remains our own.

 

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

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