HERE WE ARE

The two longtime friends behind POTTERY & POETRY. We are an architect who has a passion for ceramics and a lawyer who likes to juggle with words.

The project was born spontaneously at a dinner party with the modest idea to increase our personal time in the “art zone” of life. Now things look different and this little time we’ve wanted to steal has become our main occupation.

So sometimes it’s nice when we have spontaneous ideas to jump into the rabbit hole, because one impulse and a small step can be a whole new world. Now let’s see what’s next.

Love ххх,

Zory & Mimi

OUR PLACE

Selling online worldwide is a success for any business. Hosting a gallery and an artisan workshop is a dream come true for any artist and craftsman. We got them all and we couldn’t be happier.

team

MARIA BALEVA

founder / designer / ceramic artist

Mimi has the skills of a master and the discipline of an apprentice. The passion of an artist and the precision of a scientist. With qualities like these, she can be anything she wants. Good for the humanity she wants to craft and create, and infuse everyday objects with artistic energy. It brings her pleasure and satisfaction. It makes the world a more beautiful and bearable place to live in. 

ZORNITSA GENOVA

founder / poetry / communication

your eyes are haunting me directly
they are black as a night
with thousand burning torches
I feel that touching you would hurt me
with the pain I’ve always wanted
so now I know you are the wizard
as I might be the witch he‘s always hunted

NATALIYA ZHELYAZKOVA

ceramic artist / production manager

If Mimi is the aesthetic and Zory the romantic part of Pottery & Poetry, then Nati is the somatic.
For 8 years now she’s been accumulating knowledge on materials and ingredients over her quest to find the best pots to cook in. So if we ever launch a cooking dishes line (and we will) it would be thanks to Nati.

zlatka vacheva

ceramic artist / graphics

Her name in Bulgarian comes from gold. Coincidentally (absolutely not) she is the head of our gold-plating department. Zlati jumped ship in the mids of a huge order with a tight deadline and started sculpting clay as if she’s done it her whole life. No one was surprised though, since her background is theater set design. When you can draw, have spatial thinking and understanding of materials, you are already a pottery prospect. Or in Zlati’s case – a pottery pro.

MARGARITA DIMITROVA

graphics / founder of SUBCULTURA 

Magi is the owner of the inspiring Subcultura studio and is much more than a roommate in our shared gallery. She draws abstract forms to be weaved into handmade woolen rugs, but we would like to ‘steal’ her prints more and more for joint collections of interior objects of any kind. She is also one more reason we are thankful for this whole pottery&poetry adventure – it blessed us with meeting other gifted souls on our way to create beauty and grace.

HERITAGE

We consider ourselves modern and imaginative, yet we are not afraid to draw inspiration from the abundance of ceramic legacy we inherited from the traditional Bulgarian artisans. Old patterns re-invented, ancient techniques re-discovered. Originality rooted in customs and culture.

RESPECT

From the materials we choose (mostly local, Bulgarian), to the people we work with and the packaging we ship in, every detail in our handmade production is aimed to be as conscious as possible. With appreciation to our customers, recognition to our caftswomen and concern for our planet.