Based in Schleswig-Holstein, the Stockmar company has been making quality products for art and art teaching for many decades. Hans Stockmar started with beekeeping products and beeswax candles in 1922. Acting on the suggestion of certain art teachers he soon proceeded to develop his modelling wax, and more than 50 years ago the classic Stockmar wax crayon was then created. The watercolours and wax sheets came later.
The Stockmar logo combines the hexagonal form of a beehive with Goethe's colour circle. Beeswax and colour: at Stockmar that is what it all comes down to. Stockmar really equates to beeswax, so closely is the firm associated with the bee product. Of course it is the main raw material used to make our candles, but it is also an important component in the wax-based paints and modelling beeswax. Beeswax is in fact crucially important to the paints. Both in the wax-based paints and in the modelling beeswax it is responsible for the characteristic transparent, glazed effect.
As well as aesthetic principles and art teaching considerations, ecological and social aspects are also central to the development and manufacture of our products. Regular painting workshops for the employees involving a college art teacher, and profit-sharing by the staff (we are not a capitalowned company) are things that are taken for granted in Stockmar's philosophy. Last but not least we are fully aware of the responsibility placed on us by our customers' confidence in the quality of our products.