Tea is an Academic Sculptor from Croatia that decided to pursue her dream of owning a studio and making her magical signature pinching cups - Terra Ceramica.
Tea wants each ceramic piece to convey its spirit and character and reflect the exploration and learning journey.
Tea graduated from the High School of Fine Arts in Split, majoring in Sculpture, and later receiving her Master's Degree in the same field from the Art Academy of the University of Split. After finishing her academic education, things started evolving spontaneously.
Sometimes it feels for Tea as she has done this her whole life. Tea always had a desire to create, and every step she took was taking her where she is today.
After finishing her Masters, Tea took a giant leap of fate and ordered a German ceramic oven. She bought a half-ton of clay, and she started turning her dreams into a reality. She started creating unique ceramic homeware items.
Tea's courage paid off, as Terra Ceramica pinch cups with oversized handles, plates and bowls in earthy tones, found many admirers and loyal customers worldwide.
Initially, Tea had to face a fear that often inhabits artists' minds, especially those coming from non-commercial areas such as Sculpture. Questioning will be she be able to survive from her work. This fear is kind of still slightly present, she admits, even though she has a successfully established business. There is no guarantee that you will be on your knees in one moment, she added.
Tea's formula to overcome her fears was and still is today, work, work and work. That massive amount of energy she invests in something it must pay off. She adds that that feeling is best understood by people training a sport. You get the most wisdom and benefit when you feel like giving up even on those most challenging training times.
It took time to get a final look of Terra Ceramica pinch cups as they look today. It takes a couple of days to create a ceramic pinch cup that is today Terra Ceramica's best selling product.
Some shades changed with time, but they kept their basis. When you look at pinch cups from the side, they look effortless, but simple things are usually everything besides being simple. Making a cup different from a thousand other cups on the market and making it recognizable with its look and design is not easy. Tea's focus was first on cup form and its prints and final design.
Tea follows her feelings in her work. She is happy that she can work that way. She believes the secret of her success is that people appreciate honest stories. So she enjoys buying and supporting products that she can feel real people and the authentic brand story behind them. That is what gives the most value to the product.