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Nataša Kabalin

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  • Ceramicist
  • Zagreb, Croatia
  • Master Artisan
Nataša Kabalin Ceramicist
Contact
Croatian, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+385 915722497
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From graphic design to ceramics

  • • Nataša finds tranquillity and peace in the process of making
  • • She wants to bring handmade ceramics back into homes
  • • She finds the making process long, complicated, but satisfying

Originally a graphic and visual communication practitioner, Nataša Kabalin first started thinking about changing her career when she lost her job in 2009. “I was playing with a piece of clay and noticed that I really missed working in 3D. People reacted very positively to my decorative ceramic items for the home, so gradually I decided to start working on something I could put my soul into, rather than trying to find any job available,” says Nataša. She started attending ceramic workshops in Croatia and abroad, where she was introduced to different techniques and various types of clays. One thing led to another, and Nataša opened her own workshop in 2010, producing ceramic objects by casting and modelling.

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Works

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Poppy tea cups (Zebra, Vibe & Giraffe)

These teacups are hand cast from white clay, fired at 1,030°C and painted with black, red and transparent glazes. It takes four firings to complete each cup. Nataša Kabalin uses casting because she likes to make the cups as thin as possible, and as a result they resemble porcelain. This series was made during the first Covid-19 lockdown in March-June 2020 and was inspired by the mixed emotions during this strange time.

Height 6.7 cm
Diameter 8 cm

Nataša Kabalin Ceramicist
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Salvia

This Gaiwan teapot is cast from white clay, fired twice at 1,030°C and decorated with printed underglaze colours as well as transparent glaze. It was made after Nataša Kabalin experienced the tea ceremony, where she first saw how this vessel is used to prepare tea. A friend who was performing the ceremony challenged her to design and create her own Gaiwan vessel.

Height 9 cm
Diameter 8.5 cm

Nataša Kabalin Ceramicist
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Class Black Ring teapot

This teapot has been hand cast from white clay and painted with underglaze, black glaze as well as transparent glaze. Nataša Kabalin has always been fascinated by the form of a teapot, and when she makes one, she already has an idea for the next one. Over the years she has made around 30 different teapot designs, maybe even more.

Length 11.5 cm
Height 8 cm
Diameter 6.5 cm

Nataša Kabalin Ceramicist
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Spotty teapot

This teapot has been hand cast from white clay and painted with underglaze, black glaze and transparent glaze. This 400ml teapot, the first model of which was made five years ago, is the biggest Nataša Kabalin has built to date.

Length 18.5 cm
Height 12 cm
Diameter 11.5 cm

Nataša Kabalin Ceramicist
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Cherry Blossom tea set, Small Bubble

This teapot set has been hand cast from white clay and painted with underglaze, black glaze as well as transparent glaze. The inspiration for this set came to Nataša Kabalin while in China for a five-week residency. Nataša had a tea set in her hotel room, a custom there. She really enjoyed preparing tea in these small teapots, so she made her own version of it.

Length 11.8 cm
Height 8 cm
Diameter 7.3 cm

Nataša Kabalin Ceramicist

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