In 1892 founded by Christian Carstens and his brother Ernst Carstens at Rheinsberg. Many years it was a large conglomerate of ceramics companies with a number of locations. After World War II a new company was founded in 1945 in Tönnieshof. The company was successful and employed 400 people in 1953. Trude Carstens (wife of founder Ernst Carstens) designed  many items. In 1984 Carstens Tönnieshof was closed.