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.
The package is made whole with creative workshops, which are offered to art enthusiasts, who wish to learn skills and techniques offered by Kerakamika artists. In this studio, they offer more than 10 different workshops, which people can choose from. In the first place are ceramic workshops, in which people learn various ceramic forming techniques and methods of decorating ceramic pieces. Part of their workshops tackle the subject of recycling and up cycling, even so, they still give advice on multi-purpose usage of every-day items in every workshop.
So far, Kerakamika has organized over 100 creative workshops for different groups, such as, children, adults, children without parents and children with special needs. What’s more impressive, these workshops are attended by people who apply the newly gained knowledge and skills to advancing their career, their business, or hobby, thus becoming financially more independent. Recently they started to manufacture ceramic products under the brand name Kerakamika.
“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.