Pottery & Poetry

Pottery & Poetry

MARIA BALEVA & ZORNITSA GENOVA
Sofia, Bulgaria

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Pottery & Poetry comes from the head and the hands of an architect (Mimi) and the soul of a lawyer (Zory). Two friends who spontaneously embarked on a hobby turned experiment, turned art project, turned business journey.

Before dedicating full-time to ceramics, Mimi was architect Maria Baleva – founder and partner in a well recognized studio famous for its interior and product designs – FUNKT. As much as she loved creating beautiful, yet functional spaces and objects, Maria was tempted by pottery as an endless process of improvisation. It became her way to escape boredom and complacency, and satisfy her innate need to work with her hands. Less than a couple of years into her experiments with clay, here she is – an owner of a growing business with its own gallery, artisan workshop and a small team of like-minded ceramic lovers.

The secret? Motivation, nourished by everyday joy and fulfillment, plus all the support from friends, fans and those first few clients who said β€œLove this shop. Will come back for more!”


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Every dish you serve can taste better, as the process of eating starts with observation."

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Utility Without Leaving Behind Aesthetics

We believe that we can create items for everyday use and they could be real art pieces.

Solid & Safe Pieces

We use white porcelain and food safe glazes. We burn our ceramics at 1200 degrees Celsius. At this temperature the clay body becomes durable enough for everyday use.

Methodically Produced

Every Pottery & Poetry item travels multiple times through a set of hands before a block of clay is transformed into a piece of art. We hand-build, dry and retouch each product carefully before it’s bisque fired in the kiln. From there, we sand it to smooth the surface, hand-glaze and fire once again. In the manual process, some minor imperfections on the surface and variations of the shape and size may occur. We consider this a feature, not a bug though, because it makes every pot and plate one of a kind, even if they are part of the same collection.

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