I consider myself one of the lucky ones who know what their life purpose is: making cups. I realized that soon after I got my degree in geodesy.
I have very clear memories from my childhood, like the picture of me making animals out of mud, playing with plasticine and making figurines from bread dough. I have to thank my grandmother for always trying to do something creative in the time she spent babysitting me. She was a primary school teacher, but she was also very skilled in knitting, drawing and painting. My grandfather was very skilled too. I sometimes helped him in making wind rattlers and helped paint it. Both of my parents have a technical degree and my mother is always trying to fix things herself. I was raised in a environment where everybody was making or fixing things.
My first pottery class was at age 6 with Niko Golob. I wanted to make a giraffe, but because of the long neck he suggested to make something else: I did a triceratops instead. My art teacher saw my interest in clay in primary school, so she gave me extra time to play with it. My mother suspected I liked clay and eventually enrolled me to another class, this time more serious, at age 17, with Nataša Kokol. At 23 I joined another two classes with Mojca Rabič and decided to buy a pottery wheel. From then on I wanted to spend more and more on a pottery wheel.
Mostly I want to make useful things. Things people use in everyday life. I want people to experience small little moments and make these moments just a bit more special. Therefore I love making tea and coffee cups. These are the cups we use on a daily basis. Cups are very intimate as well; besides of touching them with our hands, we also touch them with our lips.
I still haven’t found my way of clay. By that I mean I am still trying many different techniques and materials. I make stoneware and I find many inspirations in japanese ceramics and their way of living. Ways have lead me to one special type: wood-fired ceramics.
In 2013 I attended my first workshop for wood-firing under ceramics master Lou Smedts. I would like to specialize in food-fired ceramics and someday try to build my wood-fired kiln.
|28. 11. – 23. 12. 2013||Pop-up Dom: Exhibition and shop of young Slovenian designers|
|18. December 2013||Featured in article in magazine Delo: Delo in Dom|
|November 2013||Featured article in online magazine: Nalinin zimski časopis|
|1.-6. October 2013||Sphere at Furniture fair Ambient Ljubljana as part of SiTi ARTstore installation|
|6. September 2013||Giving demo for opening of SiTi ARTstore in Crystal palace, Ljubljana|
|17. July 2013||FairArt art fair in Ljubljana|
|10. July 2013||Park Tabor art fair in Ljubljana|
|November 2012||Featured in magazine Lisa|
|October 2012||Featured in magazine Ambient|
|September 2012||Anja in touch with clay: solo exhibition as a part of ARTmarket Ljubljana|
|August 2012||Featured in article at page www.siol.net|
|July 2012||Featured in magazine Hiše|
|June – October 2012||ARTmarket Ljubljana|
|June 2012||Artish – creativity festival in Ljubljana, Park Tabor art fair in Ljubljana|
|May 2012||Art Market Novo mesto|
|Februar 2012||Artish – creativity festival in Ljubljana|