Master Craftspeople and their Products

 
Janez Krišelj

Janez Krišelj

With masterful weaving of wicker Janez Krišelj creates a wide variety of woven products including wicker baskets of various sizes, frames for drying fruit, baskets for firewood. Products are made from natural wood materials, therefore their usability is unlimited. The carefully made products are intended for storing a variety of foods and products for everyday use.
Francarija 25, 4205, Preddvor+386 (0)31 707 113anica.kriselj@gmail.com
Petra Vengar, Petruška

Petra Vengar, Petruška

A WOOL FAIRYTALE - Petruškas are fairytale creatures, created by Petra Vengar, using a dry felting technique. Petra was enthused by the soft colourful wool at her first meeting with the technique. The products reflect the beauty of the world which she sees and feels around her. Petruška adores her family, friends, flowers, trees and animals and admires the Earth; all these insipire her life, joy and energy and help her bring them into people's hearts and homes.
Cesta talcev 3a, Koroška Bela, 4270, Jesenicepetruska.vile@gmail.com
Roman Jamnik

Roman Jamnik

Roman Jamnik uses a lathe and chisel to produce useful wooden products, the majority of which are for everyday use. In his workshop he produces honey pears, honey jar stands, wooden plates and bowls, buttons, wooden toys and boards. 
Pod Plevno 81, 4220, Škofja Loka+ 386 (0)5 90 18 976, +386 (0)31 743 194albinajam@gmail.com
Zdenka Rakovec Vilfan, Krpanke

Zdenka Rakovec Vilfan, Krpanke

Zdenka Rakovec Vilfan uses material to express her creativity. She is a master of creating patchwork products, as well as products for various uses from multi-coloured and bright materials – children's toys, handbags, bags, and other products for the home.
Zgornje Bitnje 61a, 4209, Žabnica+386 (0)31 251 009zdenka@krpanke.siwww.krpanke.si
Tanja Florjančič, Ar&Ta

Tanja Florjančič, Ar&Ta

Ar&Ta's unique products combine tradition and usability. Tanja Florjančič uses hand-embroidery to decorate fabrics producing a variety of items for everyday use with embroidery detail. She uses mainly linen, which is complemented with other natural materials, thus staying loyal to the traditions of our ancestors. 

Tupaliče 53, 4205, Preddvor+386 (0)40 903 030info@arta.siwww.arta.si
A. Primožič 1888 Lace Bobbin Collection

A. Primožič 1888 Lace Bobbin Collection

The A. Primožič 1888 Lace Bobbin Collection is the oldest family-run company in Slovenia that preserves the tradition of bobbin lacemaking. It was founded by Anton Primožič who, in the first half of the 20th century, was one of the biggest manufacturers of lace-bobbin products in Slovenia. Today the Primožič family produces products from bobbin lace, which, according to traditional house patterns and contemporary designs of Slovene and other nationalities, are made by local lacemakers. Exhibitions and presentations for the archives of bobbin lacemaking are also prepared in the sales gallery for individuals and groups.

Jobstova 29, 4226, Žiri+386 (0)4 519 25 32, +386 (0)40 595 767a.primozic@siol.net
Anja Musek, AMUSE

Anja Musek, AMUSE

In her work Anja Musek masterfully combines craftsmanship and design expertise. Her talented hands produce unique felt products which, in addition to wool, also use silk, linen and cotton. Her familiar natural style can be seen in bags, slippers, jewellery, scarves, cushions, felted soap, felted dishes and numerous other products.

Mestni trg 19, 4220, Škofja Loka+386 (0)31 855 468anja@musek.euwww.amuse.si
Ladka Peneš, Mama Ladka

Ladka Peneš, Mama Ladka

Ladka Peneš, aka Mama Ladka, is a master craftswoman of nuances. Using plants she dyes wool yarns, combed wool and silk scarves. She uses wool from the Jezersko-Solčava breed of sheep, which is one of the indigenous breeds in Slovenia. A wide variety of Slovenian grown plants are used for colouring – St. John's Wort, mullein, onion skins, rhubarb, green walnuts, willow, alder, birch and others. The hand-dyed materials are used to create items including knitted scarves, hats, gloves, socks, pendants, various felt products, and naturally printed silk scarves.

Cesta Jaka Platiše 1, 4000, Kranj+386 (0)40 169 185ladka.penes@gmail.comwww.mamaladka.blogspot.com
Tatjana Švab

Tatjana Švab

Tatjana Švab has a recognised knitting style. Using wool from the indigenous Jezersko-Solčava sheep she produces a variety of knitted products, and is best known for her knitted children's slippers. Tatjana uses the techniques of hand-knitting, crocheting and boiling wool.

Zgornje Vetrno 8, 4294, Križe+386 (0)51 387 798tatjanasvab@yahoo.com
Klemen Urbanija, Jaya unique products

Klemen Urbanija, Jaya unique products

Klemen Urbanija is creative in using raw- and naturally-tanned hide, wood and other raw natural materials. He imprints plant leaves in bovine leather using a special dyeing technique which highlights the amazing structure of the leaves, and makes woven leather wrist straps, belts and other useful products. He also makes other useful unique wooden products and perfects his knowledge of designing green wood and raw hide, which is an integral part of his work producing drums and stools.

Škrjančevo 4a, 1235, Radomlje+386 (0)40 168 454, +386 (0)41 250 112usnjeneknjige@gmail.comwww.jaya.si
Lili Panjtar, LILAStudio

Lili Panjtar, LILAStudio

Designer Lili Panjtar is ever more dedicated to handicrafts. Unique designs with felting wool and recycled paper offer her new dimensions for expression. In her studio, LILAStudio, she creates a whole collection of useful products for equipping interiors and for personal use made from recycled paper, including baskets of various sizes, lamps, mirrors, jewellery etc.

Brode 35, 4220, Škofja Loka+386 (0)40 896 693info@lila-studio.comwww.lila-studio.com
Jana Šuligoj

Jana Šuligoj

Craftswoman Jana Šuligoj is dedicated to crocheting. For years she has worked with fabrics and sewing, lately she has been dedicating her attention to crocheting woollen products. She is happy to share with others her exceptional creativity and craftsmanship. Jana runs crocheting courses throughout Slovenia and, in doing so, contributes greatly to preserving and developing this craft.

Novovaška cesta 159, 4226, Žiri+386 (0)40 460 174suligoj63@gmail.com
Alja Venturini

Alja Venturini

Master of wet felting, Alja Venturini, creates a wide variety of useful products from felt – bags, slippers, hats, jewellery and silk felted scarves. Her recognisable craft expression is characterised by bright colours and floral designs. Alja gets the ideas for her designs mostly from nature and art. She takes pleasure in creating and sharing her knowledge with others through her work as a teacher of felting.

Jakopičeva 13, 1000, Ljubljana+386 (0)40 298 723alja.venturini@sredina.orgwww.sredina.org
Jože Krmelj, Krmelj Blacksmiths

Jože Krmelj, Krmelj Blacksmiths

The Krmelj Blacksmiths has been operating since 1870, but from 1926, when the master blacksmith Matevž Krmelj bought an old mill and built a blacksmith's forge, it has been located in the settlement of Log above Škofja Loka. The forge does not produce products on a mass scale. Each individual tool is made from the best-quality steel and forged by hammer. The latter especially improves the quality of the steel and has an important effect on the excellence of the finished product. A distinctive feature of the Krmelj Blacksmiths are the knives from Damascus steel and rustically dressed axes and machetes. In 2012 master blacksmith Jože Krmelj received the 'Zlata vitica' award.
Log nad Škofjo Loko 13, 4220, Škofja Loka+386 (0)4 510 95 00, +386 (0)41 784 050info@kovastvo-krmelj.siwww.kovastvo-krmelj.si
Anita Eržen

Anita Eržen

The pillows and cushions of various sizes made by Anita Eržen are a result of many years of experience of our ancestors. Pillowcases are made from raw cotton and linen, which are airy and pleasant to the touch. Pillows are filled with suitably processed spelt or buckwheat husks, which means that they remain pleasantly cool on hot days and maintain their anatomic shape. Anita also makes heating bags using cherry stones, according to an old folk tradition. The many positive effects of the materials ensure a comfortable bed and peaceful, quality sleep.

Podlubnik 85, 4220, Škofja Loka+386 (0)41 522 534info@pira-izdelki.comwww.pira-izdelki.com
Katja Zrimšek, NiceArt

Katja Zrimšek, NiceArt

Katja Zrimšek designs glass products using the stained-glass Tiffany, and fusion techniques. At heart she has been a craftswoman for as long as she can remember and therefore she decided to make her passion her work.
In the course of exploring various materials, it was glass that captured her the most. A material which, in its basic form, is so sharp, brittle, transparent, boring... but which has such amazing possibilities for transformation. From sharp pieces of glass Katja creates attractive smooth glass jewellery, makes shiny products from transparent colourless glass, transforms stained-glass into lamps, dishes, and glazing. Welcome to her colourful glass world!

Pod Plevno 21, 4220, Škofja Loka+386 (0)41 946 649stekleni.izdelki@niceart.siwww.niceart.si
Cirila Šmid

Cirila Šmid

Whilst Škofja Loka is known for its small Loka honey breads, the Selca valley is best-known for Dražgoše honey breads, the production of which is preserved, amongst others, by Cirila Šmid. She makes traditional Dražgoše honey breads decorated with various hand-designed motifs. The most common are heart-shaped breads which, as with other shaped honey breads, are decorated with floral motifs such as edelweiss, carnations, cloves, wheat, spikes of corn etc.

Na Kresu 8, 4228, Železniki+386 (0)4 510 14 10, +386 (0)41 952 688
Matija Hiršenfelder

Matija Hiršenfelder

The scent of wood and childlike curiosity led Matija Hirčenfelder from simple to complex shapes and technologically demanding products. The spectrum of his work is extremely wide: beginning with local and artistic craft products, continuing with modern products. The unique wooden products which the master craftsman creates are shaped by exceptional quality and precision production. He received the 2010 ‘Zlata vitica’ award.
Stara Loka 152, 4220, Škofja Loka+386 (0)41 200 906matija@hirsenfelder-sp.siwww.hirsenfelder-sp.si
Petra Plestenjak Podlogar

Petra Plestenjak Podlogar

Petra Plestenjak Podlogar is today the only master of the knowledge of producing moulds for small Loka honey breads. The century-old tradition of producing moulds and baking these small breads dates back to the beginning of the 18th century in the Škofja Loka area, when it was introduced by the nuns of the Klarisa order. Today, Petra continues and upgrades this tradition using her own designs and patterns and, in doing so, combines the rich tradition with modernity. New products are also available – bookmarks, pendants and carvings on furniture.

Demšarjeva cesta 11, 4220, Škofja Loka+386 (0)4 513 72 60, +386 (0)41 503 749petra.plestenjak@gmail.com
Lidija Debelak

Lidija Debelak

A wide variety of designs can be found in Lidija Debelak’s clay reliefs, which represent the aesthetic crossroads of tradition and modernity. She seeks inspiration in small Loka honey breads, wooden inlaid hand-produced chests, folk literature and beliefs. Angels, horseshoes, carnations, golden birds and clay, combined with lacework, lead through tradition to modern designs in bright colours.

Poljanska cesta 57, 4224, Gorenja vas+386 (0)4 518 04 90, +386 (0)31 206 123lidija.debelak@gmail.comwww.lidijadebelak.si