On his arrival in 1885, Brendekilde was the first truly artistic employee. Brendekilde was a social realist painter and one of Denmark's leading designers, designing products for Odense Glassworks. He worked closely with Herman August Kähler. Their collaboration consisted in H.A. Kähler throwing the wares and Brendekilde decorating them with flowers, animals and figures from fairytales. The greatest influence that Brendekilde had on the Kähler workshop was probably as an artistic motivator and attraction for a group of other artists. Brendekilde was at Kähler until 1907.