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Troyan Pottery

Pottery in Bulgaria

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 raindrop like effect.

Today craftsmen combine traditional designs with modern techniques and vibrant colors to produce fabulous pottery for everyday use or for home décor. In the past years Troyan pottery has appeared on the pages of magazines such as Vogue Magazine, Vogue Living, Bridal Guide, Gourmet Magazine, Elle Décor, Traditional Home, and Domino Magazine.

Bulgarian Pottery and Gifts works with local crafts people. All of our products are thrown, painted and glazed by hand.

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.

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