Following the mantra: “If we can make or reuse it, let’s not buy it!”Kerakamika Café is a successful business with social responsibility, in Macedonia. Their business model is a blend of creative studio and café, which the founders, both artists themselves, decided to open after a long phase of experimentation. Since then, Kerakamika is a paint your own ceramics studio, where in a relaxed atmosphere one can have a drink while making a special gift for themselves or a dear person. This place is special for a variety of reasons, but most importantly for being innovative and unique. For one thing, Kerakamika is the only studio of its kind in Macedonia. On top of that, the surrounding area where this studio is located, the Skopje Old Bazaar, inspires creativity and imagination on its own, offering a magnificent atmosphere for giving life to one’s ideas. What’s more, visitors can create inside the studio or outdoors, while savouring a sip of coffee, lemonade, or Turkish tea, specialities of the bazaar. To boot, Kerakamika is also part of the crafts centre ARTIZANI, therefore, one can learn other creative skills and crafts, not far away.
“We want to change the way people experience ceramic products. We want our products to be experienced as small-sized, disposable artwork. We believe that every person should be surrounded by unique, personalized belongings, instead of commercial and unified goods, as each of us is special and needs different things .”
It should be noted that the materials that they use are safe for food contact since they work with high-quality clay, specially-designed for making household pottery. Likewise, the other material, the glaze, is also lead-free and certified for food safety. Social impact is achieved by offering people knowledge within a hand’s reach, without pressure, at leisure. In these workshops, they challenge themselves, gain useful skills, and gain a new perspective about the everyday items that surround them. Later they benefit from the skills (and the perspective). Kerakamika’s aim is to share knowledge and happiness, and they are achieving it.
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