The M.I.Hummel earthenware figurines, hand-made in Rödental, enjoy world-wide fame. Generations grew up with them – at the time when they were most popular, every second household in Germany alone is said to have owned a Hummel figurine.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the young artist Berta Hummel dedicated herself to portraits of children at play and in other, mostly cheerful, everyday situations. Her works of art bear witness to an enormous vitality and strength of expression, which unleashed a yearning for an ideal world in the hard war years. Even after her entry into a monastery, a surprise to her friends and family, the talented painter remained dedicated to her art, which is why the popular child subjects were published in books and cards quite early on. In 1934, Berta Hummel – who had meanwhile taken the name of Maria Innocentia Hummel on her entry into the monastery – came to the attention of the porcelain manufactory Goebel in Rödental near Coburg, Bavaria. After some hesitation – she recognised the dangers of industrial marketing quite clearly – the artist accepted their offer. It was the beginning of an unusual success story. Alongside their huge success in Germany, the figurines enjoyed international popularity from the very start. Pop icon Michael Jackson as well as the former American first lady Betty Ford belong to the best-known collectors. Since then, more than 1,000 different figurines have been created, produced in close cooperation between the monastery and the family. Hummel figurines are produced to this day in Rödental by the Hummel Manufaktur GmbH. Their wish is to continue the history and tradition, and to extend their nostalgia and charm around the world. The manufacturing process remains as time-consuming as it was then. Each figurine is traditionally modelled, cast and painted by hand, and then fired a number of times. Today they are collectors items in over 60 countries.