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.

Throwing pottery on the pottery wheelI 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.

Finished work on the pottery wheelI 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.

Seen in:

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