A poetic encounter between words and shapes at the table
01 december 2022
This is not the first time thatPottery & Poetry's,s poetic ceramics, in which shapes and words stage a beautiful encounter, has caught our eyes. In the past year, they also managed to boldly go beyond our national borders. Their delicate handmade pieces were selected and commissioned by one of London's biggest and most prestigious stores, the famous Liberty, which gave the brand an unsurprisingly strong boost. "The most important thing is that our products are being bought and sell out, Liberty has already placed a third order, and we are currently working on a proposal for next year," the team says.
In the meantime, they have been added to the ABASK platform, whose focus is carefully chosen products of high value and quality, and Pottery & Poetry are currently finalizing next year's collection at Selfridges. When we express our astonishment at how they cope given their small original team, they say that it has long since increased to five people who take great care with the delicate touch, shape, firing and dyeing of the ceramics.
One of their most interesting recent projects was the creation of artistic plate sets for two restaurants. They put a lot of effort, creativity and inspiration into making sure that their ceramics are a beautiful but also practical canvas which highlights the qualities and appearance of the delicious food being served. The first restaurant isDieci in the village of Devino, and the second is the recently openedPARADISO pizza & friendsin the capital at 102 Vitosha Blvd. Its owners are Italian, and the design of the place is the work of FUNKT studio together with product designer Sebastien Durelli. Pottery & Poetry is quick to tell us that this is a restaurant truly has no equal when it comes to pizza. The Italian chef has won many awards – most importantly, for the most creative pizza in Italy. "In addition to all the traditional recipes, there are also gourmet pizzas and even fine fried cone pizzas. It is extremely exciting for us to see such beautiful food on our plates. It makes everything so delicious!”
The increasing volume of orders and challenges, however, does not come at the expense of quality, and each product is still made by hand, with no automation at any point in the process, using Bulgarian materials, mainly white porcelain. "We prepare most of the glazes ourselves to get the right colors for our customers."
It's obvious that they have a natural flair for good design, but if they had to express it using a formula, it would look something like this: “Good design solves problems and brings aesthetic pleasure. It is important for us that people do not become slaves to their belongings, that is why our ceramics are sturdy and easy to use in everyday life." This also explains the small but very important detail that all their products can be safely placed in the dishwasher.
In December, we can find them in their atelier at Krum Popov 75, in +Tova at Marin Drinov 30, as well as among the select brands in the December pop-up at Seewines Gallery at 106 Bulgaria Blvd. And if you can't find the right ceramic body to take home or wrap up in a gift box under the tree, this year Pottery & Poetry has decided to make your choice easier with gift vouchers. So everyone can choose something made especially for them.