This quotation from the philosopher and communication researcher, Marshall
McLuhan, was also in a sense the motto for the presentation of the
»Karlgeorg Hoefer Award« to Ewan Clayton, the internationally renowned and
revered calligrapher and teacher. The ceremony took place on the 5th April within
the framework of an exhibition in the Karlgeorg and Maria Hoefer Archive of the
Schreibwerkstatt Klingspor Offenbach. The prize, which was awarded for the first
time in honour and memory of the eminent calligraphic artist, Karlgeorg Hoefer, is
unique. Currently, there is nothing else comparablein the world of calligraphy.

Guests of honour and numerous members participated in a very successful festivity
with accompanying music from Dr. Ingo Negwer with works from the baroque
composer, Girolamo Kapsberger, on a long lute called a theorbo. For the award-
winner, Ewan Clayton, this was his second award in as many days, as he had
received the honour of Member of the British Empire (MBE) from the Queen only
the day before.

As he emphasised in his brief acceptance speech, Ewan Clayton felt that the
presentation of the »Karlgeorg Hoefer Award« was a special honour, particularly
because Hoefer had inspired him tremendously and much of the energy drawn from
their encounters flowed into his work. After the laudatory speech which covered
the honoured guest's extremely interesting career, Ewan Clayton received the
Brause 505 pen in gold, pinned to the lapel of his suit. Not only that, he was also
given the penholder in grenadilla wood, from which, incidentally, the tuning pegs
of the theorbo were also produced, and a certificate which highlighted why he
deserved the »Karlgeorg Hoefer Award«.

The following convivial part offered time and opportunity to enjoy the exhibition and
the refreshments. The visitors, including Jovica Veljovic, Dr. Stefan Soltek from the
Klingspor Museum and Hans-Peter Kloppenburg, the chairman of the advisory board
of the Kloppenburg Trust, spent an afternoon which offered a look back at the
legacy of Karlgeorg Hoefer and also enabled a perspective to be drawn on the
ongoing development of the Schreibwerkstatt which he founded.

                                      Benno Aumann
                                      Chairman of the Schreibwerkstatt Klingspor Offenbach






Ewan Clayton erläutert
Mitgliedern der Schreib-
werkstatt Klingspor sein
für das Karlgeorg und
Maria Hoefer Archiv
kalligraphisches Werk.
»Die Rede des toten
Christus 1.
« (Auszug)


Der Federhalter aus Grenadill-Holz


Das Werk von Ewan Clayton für das Archiv der Schreibwerkstatt Klingspor (gestiftet vom Kuratorium der Kloppenburg-Stiftung)

Fotos: Dieter Staacks

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