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About Us


Martina in her home studio

Martina Zalig founded Isla Clay while living in Scotland for a decade. In September 2017 she moved back to Slovenia, her home-country. She holds a degree in Translation Studies and had worked as a Literary Translator until she discovered clay a few years ago. Since then she has been on an adventure of discovering this wonderful material through books, videos and lots of hand-on exploring. She has fallen in love with the endless possibilities and techniques that working with clay brings.

Her jewellery designs explore the relationship between colour, image, and form. Each piece is designed and handcrafted by Martina in her studio. Bright and bold colours, black carved geometric patterns and abstract or classic yet organic-looking shapes translate every piece of her ceramic jewellery into wearable art; perfect for women who enjoy discovering something unique and confidently expressing their inner beauty.

Martina’s signature geometric line was part of Etsy House London in December 2014 and was shown at the Geometric exhibition at the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester (15th Sept – 14th Nov 2015). Her Christmas ornaments were part of Christmas in July Showroom 2015 organised by Etsy UK and Christmas Showroom 2015 organised by Etsy Paris. Etsy Berlin included her geometric jewellery and Christmas ornaments in their 2016 Showroom.

She works with galleries and gift shops throughout the UK and internationally.