I’m Martina, the craftswoman, artist and designer behind Planina Ceramics, based in Sweden. Apart from a clay, I am in love with mountains, wildflowers, books, 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.
I started my work in a small studio in the center of Zagreb, Croatia. It was absolutely crucial for my environment to feel comfortable with me. It needed the elements of a home with the functionality of a maker’s studio. I tried very hard to keep it neat and presentable in order to keep my mental image of the place feeling positive and productive. But after two years making ceramics in it, I started to realize that Zagreb was too crowded for me, and there was less and less nature in the city. I decided to come to Sweden and change my environment for creation. I want to make a new impression and practical experience that I will be able to assimilate into my work.
I am now living in Swedish countryside, in an old wooden house and my life has changed drastically. I have a gallery and workshop in a small wooden house in my backyard. I am a much more detail-oriented person now, and I have also stared making my own bread and jam, and decorating a flower garden. Life moves a bit slower and more methodically. I have routines which help to keep my mind on track when I get scattered. 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.
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.
" Planina is a word for Mountain in the Croatian language. 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. "
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
2019 / Handbuilding workshop - Atelje na br.1, Croatia
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