Handmade in Slovenia – A day in Ljubljana, Part 1: Ceramics

Ljubljana is home to an amazing selection of places to find crafts handmade in Slovenia. In just one morning, as I explored the city centre, I discovered everything from traditional lace to contemporary ceramics. The area between the triple bridge and the castle (particularly Ciril-Metodov trg and Stari trg) is a treasure trove of design shops, galleries as well as souvenir shops. It is clear that Slovenians are proud of their country and their traditional crafts from the number of signs and labels exclaiming ‘HANDMADE IN SLOVENIA’. Real craftsmanship is clearly alive and kicking in Slovenia!

Here, in the first part of my day in Ljubljana, I want to share with you the wonderful variety of ceramics available:


Featuring the classic combination of blue and white these lovely designs are the work of Marte and Karl Pavlinc. The vibrant, eye-catching plates were the stars of the show in ika.

Available at ika: Ciril Metodov trg 5 or www.trgovinaika.si



Porcelain Catbriyur shop and workshop definitely catches the eye as you walk down the street. With golden window dressings and a lavish interior, you can’t help but stop and look. Katja and Jure Bricman’s fine porcelain has received international attention and critical acclaim.

Find them at Ciril-Metodov trg 19 and www.catbriyur.net


For more traditional styles head to DOM souvenirs where you will find a variety of styles of Slovenian ceramics including this lovely set.

DOM souvenirs: Ciril-Metodov trg 5

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And finally, I love these dishes by Dasa Kogoj.


Delftware: a love affair in blue and white

Delft may be the spiritual home of Dutch ceramics but a weekend in Amsterdam still has much to offer. Delftware, also known as Delft blue, has been made in the Netherlands since the 1600s and still made today.


First on my itinerary was the Royal Delft Experience at Muntplein. Here you can see a wide variety of Royal Delft and even a demonstration of it being decorated.


As well as the traditional Delftware, contemporary re-interpretations can also be found – I particularly like this simple design:


All over Amsterdam Delftware themed souvenirs can be found.