Original article Shape the Colours published in the book Material Design Process: Elemental Earth


Hana Karim grew up in an artistic family, which bred her passion for ceramics and
influences her creations. Her father, who was strongly influenced by Joan Miró
in his young period, is a painter and a colorist who is skilled in using vibrant colors,
especially blue, green, turquoise, and splashes of yellow. Hana’s mother is a ceramist who grew up surrounded by nature. She loves the simplicity of prehistoric art and ancient culture, but at the same time she has exquisite manual skills.
Hana focuses on handmade pieces. Her works are styled with a rustic sense of
“imperfections” and displayed as softly misshapen forms. She uses washes of color glaze, inviting drips and uneven brush strokes to grace each object’s surface. Each of her pieces has its own unique color scheme—some are bright pastels and metallic, others are blue and green. For another set, she chooses a galaxy theme.
During creating, she switches between sudden impulses and rational approaches. She rarely sketches and so she often receives ideas and inspiration randomly, and living close to her studio provides her an opportunity to turn her ideas into objects in a matter of moments. Most of the time she works with slab-building, sometimes with the wheel. She also has a fairly small kiln she turns on once a week. Her daily working process has been consistent from her early days. For Hana, Earth is the basic connection to space and time. “Working with something so primal feels like following some ancient tendencies within ourselves; it is a sort of connection to our ancestors, that still haven’t got lost in this age of rapid development and technology. Earth has been here before human beings existed, and will still stay
here after we’re gone. It’s remarkable how humankind has found so many ways to
manage it and transform it.”




Hana Karim, ceramics designer,

1988, Ljubljana, Slovenia.



2014 – 'Contemporary Artisans' by Lab Laar (Valentina Vovk, Maj Pavček, Maja Korun Hočevar), Slovenia

2014 Design Milk article [ENG]

2014 Thesis: The perception of small sculptures in relation to the human body, Faculty of Education, Art Education Department, Ljubljana  

2017 Mladina article  [SLO]

2017 Ignant article [ENG]

2018 Material Magazine: Women Who Create article  [ENG]

2019 Book: Material Design Process: Elemental Earth by Sandu Publishing [ENG] 



2018 Zakulisje podcast [SLO]

2019 Extraveganza podcast [SLO]

2020 The Potters Cast  [ENG]


Also featured in:

MilK magazine (FR)

La Repubblica (IT)

Residence Magazine (NL)

Corriere della Sera Interiors Magazine (IT)


De Standaard Magazine (BE)

Marie Claire Maison (IT)

Elle Décor Magazine (IT)

Material Magazine (DE)

Good Weekend Magazine (AU)

Design Anthology (UK)

Style (CH)


New Edge (SLO)

Outsider (SLO)

Mladina (SLO)

Delo (SLO)

Elle (SLO)

Sale & Pepe (IT)  

Wienerin Mag (AT)