About the author

Željka Korbar
Born in 1959 in Zagreb. She studied ceramics under the artist and ceramist Mirjana Rajković, and was a member of her workshop for many years. She had many juried group exhibitions, and one independent. She works and teaches in her own atelier in Zagreb.

WHY DO I MAKE CERAMICS, AND WHAT DOES THIS “MERE MUD”, AS A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY,  MEAN TO ME?

Ever since i first came into contact with clay, i  was fascinated by this clump of earth, which follows and listens to my fingers and thoughts, so that later, with the help of fire, it becomes a solid item and a testament to my work and thoughts.

Within these ceramic forms and shapes, there is a blend of crafting skills and artistic inspirations, which forces one into continuous research and endless creative combinations of techniques, materials, colors, shapes and different expressions…An endless investigation in fire!

Therefore, I categorized my work into three different galleries-from gentle white, airily but solid glowing ceramic sculptures and ceramic tablets on a wooden base, to forms and tablets made in somewhat more robust techniques, such as naked raku and horse raku, effects  of which are made by burning horse hair.