About Hana

Original article "Conquering Ceramics" by Darcie Imbert for Women Who Create Series, published in Material Magazine, No.33

photo by Manca Kocjančič
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"HANA KARIM GREW UP BETWEEN PAINTING STUDIOS AND POTTERY WHEELS, in the Western part of Slovenia, where her parents encouraged her to see that ceramics could be a business, a passion and a form of artistic expression. Today, Karim is working to shift the perception of ceramic-making, by coaxing the resurgence of pottery as a medium for creative expression. Finding inspiration in the words and creativity of her mother, Karim first spent ten years crafting ceramic jewellery before moving onto homeware.
This sense of progression felt natural, as Karim uses jewellery-making techniques as a way of giving definition to the bowls, cups and plates of her homeware line. It is these details, and her unparalleled manipulation of clay stone that makes her work immediately recognisable. Tones of turquoise seep through, a palette that is influenced by Karim’s father and his Iraqi Kurdistan heritage. The artist, describes the calming effect of the ocean-like tincture, as it mystically oscillates between green and blue hues, quietly harboring a sense of nostalgia for her childhood. With one look, it becomes clear that Karim’s work and creative process finds conception in the relationship she has with her parents.
“Sometimes misshapen plates speak more to me,” Karim explains, and she goes on to attribute her stylistic fluidity to a strong emotional connection with her surroundings, “even the recent change in seasons inspired me to create a collection of bowls in all shades of grey.”
Karim’s sensitivity to her creative process has taught her to work organically and in line with her feelings, rather than forcing herself to create something that she will come to dislike. “When I wake up in the morning, I know immediately whether it is a good day to create something new, or whether I will not be able to hold clay in my hands at all. This narrative tells a story of spontaneity, reminding us all, that sometimes, the best things arise out of sheer coincidence as opposed to meticulous planning. This serenity seems to be rooted in her ritualistic morning meditation and yoga practise – remedying the unpredictabilities of life as a freelance artist. Karim’s evasion of structured routine urges perpetual curiosity and exploration - in both her ceramics and in her personal life."

 

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Hana Karim, ceramics designer

1988, Slovenia.

Lives and creates in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

 

EDUCATION

2014 Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education, thesis: "Miniature Sculpture and Its Relation to the Human Body", Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

  

RESIDENCIES

2016 December, Artist residence by Ministry of Culture, Slovenia, London, UK

2017 Ocober, guest ceramicist at Caroline Kesteleyn, Ghent, Belgium

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011 ‘fORMINORA’ at Gallery Licna hisa, Ajdovscina, Slovenia  

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2011 ‘fORMINORA’ at Gallery Slovenijales, Month of Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2013 'Philips Fashion Week' at Urban Culture Institute Kino Siska, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2013 'Keramika je ženskega spola’ (Ceramics is a Woman) at Riko Debenjak Gallery, Kanal ob Soči, Slovenia

2013 'MINIMUM MAXIMUM’ exhibition of miniatures at Rappaz museum in Basel, Switzerland and in Culture Centre in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

2014 'The New Modernist' at The Shop Floor Project gallery, Cumbria, UK: Karim’s ceramic glazed pieces have a strong, sculptural quality about them, almost reminiscent of Henry Moore’s monumental reclining women, only these are much easier to wear.

2016 'Mozaik' at Lokar Gallery (Ajdovščina, SLO), a group exhibition of young artists, members of Artists Association of Northen Primorska region

2016 'Silva, Hana in Azad Karim' at Mik Gallery (Ljubljana, SLO), a group exhibition of paintings and ceramics

2016 'PILINO SOMA', international exhibition of ceramic jewelry, November 2016, Athens, Greece

2018-19 'Ko je drugič udaril v vrata, sem čez luknjo prelepila plakat« group exhibition, Kresija Gallery (Ljubljana, SLO), Univerzitetna knjižnica (Maribor, SLO)

2019 'Silva, Hana in Azad Karim' at Černe Gallery, a group exhibition of paintings and ceramics, Ljubljana, SLO

upcoming: 2021 London Design Fair

 

AWARDS 

2015 Elle Style Award, Young Talent Category

 

PUBLICATIONS & ARTICLES

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

2014 Design Milk article

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

2017 Mladina article

2017 Ignant article

2018 Material Magazine: Women Who Create article

2018 Zakulisje podcast (in slovenian language)

2018 Poke interview

2019 Book: Material Design Process: Elemental Earth by Sandu Publishing 

 

Also featured in:

MilK magazine (FR)

La Repubblica (IT)

Residence Magazine (NL)

Corriere della Sera Interiors Magazine (IT)

RAYLI HOME (China)

Marie Claire Maison (IT)

Elle Décor Magazine (IT)

Good Weekend Magazine (AU)

Style (CH)

New Edge (SLO)

Sale & Pepe Mondadori (IT)

  

SHOWS 

2012 ‘Philips Fashion Week’ at Urban Culture Institute Kino Siska, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2013 'Slovenia Fashion Week’ at Urban Culture Institute Kino Siska, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2016 ‘MBFW' at Cankarjev dom, October 2016, Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

WORKSHOPS

2013-2016 November 'Ceramic Jewellery Workshop' at Anselma, Ljubljana

 2016-2017 Various workshops at APOK studio

2017 - Various workshops at Hana Karim Studio and various locations in Slovenia (check my workshops to see upcoming dates)