Beate Kuhn was one of the most important figures in contemporary German ceramic arts. She studied art history at the University of Freiburg and ceramics at the Werkkunstschule in Wiesbaden under Erika Opitz and Hans Karl Starke, before enrolling at the Werkkunstschule in Darmstadt under F. Th. Schroeder. In the 1950s, Kuhn formed a close working relationship with the ceramicists Karl and Ursula Scheid, and established a workshop community with artists. During this period, Kuhn also produced porcelain pieces for the Rosenthal Company.
Kuhn’s works are heavily influenced by nature. The artist described her works as abstract interpretations of naturally occurring forms. Sketching from nature was an essential part of her working process and provided her with inspiration for her ceramic figures.
Kuhn’s works have been exhibited in major museums across the world, including the Museum of Decorative Arts in Berlin, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Kuhn has also won many awards, including the Hessian State Prize for German Arts & Crafts, one of the most prestigious awards in the field of German handicrafts.