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About

I’m Martina, the artisan and designer behind Planina Ceramics.
Apart from clay, I am in love with gardening, books, mountains, wildflowers, traveling and motorcycles.

I work with stoneware clay and use traditional hand-building techniques such as coiling, rolling and pinching. The handbuilding technique allows for a soft, tactile organic form that I like. I only use my hands, clay and some simple wooden tools. My ceramic pieces hold evidence of the human hand and I hope these preserved histories allow the viewer to connect with its deeply human, handmade origin. When making, I am looking towards a realistic and thoughtful way to endorse sustainability, as well as to keep myself engaged as a lover of things and as an artist. 

Each ceramic piece I made is unique because it is handbuilt without using molds or pottery wheel. I am using techniques that existed long before a pottery wheel.

 

In the Studio

 

I started the Planina Ceramics brand in 2019. I opened a workshop in the city centre and really enjoyed it at first. But then I started crawling more towards nature, and after two years, I decided to move from city life to the countryside.

I now live and work in Vallda, in a small village in Sweden, surrounded by fields and forests. I have a gallery and workshop in a small wooden house in my backyard. In the countryside, life moves a bit slower and more methodically and I love it. Since I live close to nature, I'm much more detail-oriented and started practicing the slow-living lifestyle. I enjoy gardening, baking bread and making jam from my garden's fruit. I have daily routines which help to keep my mind on track when I get scattered, and to live a more balanced, meaningful life through slowing things down and appreciating both the world around me and what I have. Planina is my inspiration towards being creative every day; whether it be clay, wood, or a camera, I am always making something and I wouldn’t change that for anything.

Martina on the meadow

Martina in front of her studio


I increased the amount of time spent in the studio, modified my style of work from sculptures to more functional pieces, increased the type of products and forms that I made, and most importantly, shifted to a growth mindset as I was experimenting more. 


I hope you will love my work as much as I love making it. 

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"Planina is a word for Mountain in the Croatian language, where my roots are from. Mountains inspire my hands to shape the clay into its natural beauty. Mountains have made me a better person, taught me to respect nature, its beauty, strength and unpredictability. Each free moment I have I use to escape to mountains."

Martina

Martina in Studio

Planina sculptural Vase

  

Never stop learning / Trainings, seminars, memberships and residencies

Member of Konstnärernas Kollektivverkstad Göteborg, Sweden

2023 / Artist residency at Cerdeira - Home for Creativity, Portugal

2022 / Intro to Local Materials Workshop, Studio Alluvium (Mitch Iburg i Zoë Powell)

2022 / Making a rounded teapot from flat slabs, Sage Cortez | Hand + Fire

2022 / Kurinuki, Sage Cortez | Hand + Fire

2022 /  Think Global, Dig Local - Atelier NL , Design Talks at Röhsska Museum, Sweden

2022 / Workshop “Tälj med Viggo” - carving various objects from wood, Kulturhuset Kåken, Sweden

2020 / Ceramic apprenticeship - Ravitera, Croatia

 

Exhibitions

2022 / Kulturnatta, group exhibition at Konstnärernas Kollektivverkstad, Gothenburg, Sweden

2021 / Planina, independent exhibition at Planina Studio, Zagreb, Croatia

2020 / Ona - Women inspired collages and ceramics, Karibu coffee shop, Zagreb, Croatia

  

Selected press & mentions 

arinavoy.com

Grazia.hr

Green.hr

Journal.hr

Tiateilli.com

Gloriaglam.hr

Budidobro.com

 

Martina Martin - Planina ceramics