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About Bulgarian Pottery and Gifts

Bulgarian Pottery and Gifts was officially launched at the New York International Gift Fair in Jan. 2011. Partners Svetla Parker and Anne Griffin recognised the opportunity to expose the American public to the beauty and unique nature of Bulgarian crafts and gift items.

Svetla is a native Bulgarian with a well developed sense of style, she has travelled extensively throughout Europe and this experience coupled with her legal background and detailed knowledge of the Bulgarian business environment puts her at a great advantage in expediting business deals and prosecuting the administrative procedures involved in international trade and export and import.

Anne is an American who has travelled extensively around the world and has spent a significant part of her adult life living and working in Russia and Eastern Europe. While in Moscow she worked extensively in the Marketing and Retail industry and this experience and native understanding of the American culture enables her to identify products that will be readily saleable in the USA.

Together Svetla and Anne have a very compatible skill and knowledge base and working together to develop Bulgarian Pottery and Gifts they bring great synergies to the business.

 

About Troyan Style Pottery

Pottery is one of the oldest crafts in Bulgaria. Remnants have been found dating back 3000 years to the Thracians.

Our pottery comes from Troyan, a town with 25,000 inhabitants located at the foothills of the Stara Planina (Balkan) Mountain range 160 kilometers (100 miles) north east of Bulgaria"s capital, Sofia. Toryan was founded in 1868 and quickly developed as regional crafts center where pottery was a main source of income for local craftspeople.

Troyan pottery is considered the true Bulgarian pottery. The Troyan style began to evolve in the 19th century based on Thracian and Slavic designs. It is unique due to the red color of clay from the region and the design. Traditionally the pottery was painted by the village women, each woman having her signature design. They applied yellow, brown and green paint with a bull"s horns and feathers to achieve a peacock or butterfly like design or smeared paint with their fingertips to achieve a teardrop like effect.

Today craftsmen combine traditional designs with modern techniques and vibrant colors to produce fabulous pottery for everyday use or for home décor.

Bulgarian Pottery and Gifts works with local crafts people and is proud to feature the works of Krassi Stancheva and Ivan Jovchevsky. All of our Troyan style products are thrown, painted and glazed by hand and fired in the kiln twice.

Technical Details of the Pottery

  • 100% lead free.
  • Glazed nonporous surface
  • Microwave/Oven Safe
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Suitable for décor and everyday use

Because our pottery is handmade, slight colour, size and design variations may occur, further enhancing it's quality and uniqueness.

 

About Sgraffito Pottery

The word Sgraffito comes from the Italian word for "scratch".  The Sgraffito technique was popular among Italian potters pre 15th Century, but is believed to have originated in China where remnants have been found dating back to the Sung Dynasty (960-1297).

The Sgraffito technique reached Bulgaria in the 12th Century and flourished until it's decline in the 14th Century.  Sgraffito pottery in Bulgaria could be found in the palaces of tsars as well as in the homes of common people.   It was used as both dishware and wall décor. Sgraffito pottery  regained popularity in Bulgaria during the 1970s when remains dating back to the 12th Century were found in during archaeological digs at Tsarevets Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo.

The Sgraffito technique involves covering a damp red clay vessel in a white slip.  When the slip dries to a wax like consistency, a design is etched into the piece and then fired for the first time.  The motifs usually represent nature, animals, or mythical symbols; themes common in other Bulgarian folk crafts such as hand made carpets and wood carvings. The vessel is then covered with colorful, transparent glazes and fired a second time.  Traditionally the glazes are brown, green, and yellow in color.

Today there are only a few artisans in Bulgaria keeping the Sgrafitto tradition alive.  Bulgarian Pottery and Gifts works with local crafts people and is proud to feature the works of Valentin Dimitrov from the town of Elena in the municipality of Veliko Tarnovo.

Because our pottery is handmade, slight colour, size and design variations may occur, further enhancing it's quality and uniqueness.

 

About Crackle Pottery

The Crackle style pottery is not typically Bulgarian.  The Crackle pottery featured on our site is artisan Valentin Dimitrov's modern interpretation of a Japanese technique, Raku, which was developed in Japan in the 16th Century.

The technique for producing Crackle pottery is quite technical.  Most pottery is put into a cold kiln and slowly baked and left in the kiln to cool before being removed.  When producing Crackle pottery, as special lead glaze is thickly applied to a red clay vessel and placed into a hot kiln to bake quickly at a high temperature.  It is up to the skill of the artisan's eyes to decide when the glaze had sufficiently melted and remove from the kiln with tongs while the piece is still hot.  At this point, the pottery piece is either put into a special metal chamber or into a vat of cold water for the oxidation reduction to take place. The oxidation reduction process causes shrinkage of the pottery piece and the glaze, the glaze shrinking more, creating the striking metallic and crack like effect that makes this pottery so unique.  The exposure to rapid changes in temperature from the hot kiln to cold water results and a fragile, porous piece and pieces are often cracked or explode during the process.

Bulgarian Pottery and Gifts works with local crafts people and is proud to feature the works of Valentin Dimitrov from the town of Elana in the municipality of Veliko Tarnovo.  As far as we know, Valentin is the only Bulgarian artisan creating in the Crackle style.

Because our pottery is handmade, slight colour, size and design variations may occur, further enhancing it's quality and uniqueness.

 

About Chiprovtsi Carpets

The Chiprovtsi Collection comes from the region of Chirpovtsi 96 miles north of Sofia and 11 miles from the Serbian border.  The town of Chiprovtsi has 2000 inhabitants. It is known that Chiprovtsi was first inhabited during the Thracian period and later the Roman period.  Ruins of Roman fortifications can still be seen today.

Throughout the centuries,  Chiprovotsi always thrived due to the mining of iron, silver, gold, and copper. Carpet making in Chiprovtsi began between the 14th and 15th centuries, but really started to flourish during the 17th century.  During this time, the ore industry was in decline and the town transformed into a cultural and trade center of the Balkans.  From this time on, woman have been sitting on three legged chairs weaving geometric patterns with harmonious combinations of warm and cool natural tints: yellow or ochre, brown, blue and green.

The carpet industry in Chiprovtsi is still alive today.   All of our rugs are hand woven by local artisans.

 
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