Marina Marinski creates heartwarming, dreamy, fairytale-like ceramics inspired by nature and childhood memories. Serving bowls, cups, plates, Christmas ornaments, planters and jewelry are all handmade in a family studio using traditional materials & techniques.

Meet Marina!

What was the moment when you realized you wanted to make ceramic products?

It was shortly after graduating from Art history and Computer science. I have to say I was feeling pretty lost. I knew I did not want to work in the profession, and that I wanted to work with my hands. At that moment I heard that a ceramicist from Rovinj was looking for an assistant in his studio and decided to apply for the job. I fell in love with clay at first glance, this is the material of endless possibilities that I explore every day and I will continue to do so as long as I live. It gives me focus, relaxes me and teaches me patience.

Tell us more about Marinski Heartmades. What does your brand stand for?

I run a small ceramics production company Marinski Heartmades with the ever appreciated help of my husband, my sister and our mutt. Nature is without doubt my greatest and truest inspiration. The production process always starts with imagination and continues as a skillful play of

hands and clay. Our products are inspired by nature and sweet childhood memories. Each piece is handmade, skillmade, heartmade. Marinski Heartmades strives to keep traditional craftsmanship alive. Like many non-material things in life, it’s about the quality, not the quantity. We offer quality ceramic crafts for children from 0 to 99 years of age. We cherish honest and sustainable materials, therefore we play fair — with people and environment.

How long does it take to make one ceramic item? Can you describe the making process?

To create ceramic pieces you need to be very patient. It is a long process where you get the chance to learn a lot about yourself. The production process includes a lot of steps that cannot be skipped. It starts with slip casting and continues with cleaning the rough edges and preparing surfaces for painting. Here comes my favorite part, painting and reviving pieces with illustrations. When objects are dry enough, they are ready for the first bisque firing. It lasts for 10 hours cooling down for another 24 hours. When the objects cool down, we dip them in a transparent glaze to protect illustrations and get them ready for everyday use.

Marinski Heartmades are available at Take me home shop (Tomićeva 4) or online at