At the beginning there were just the two of us. We were a family, we were business partners. That was the base which was clear to us. We had no dilemmas, we were on the same page. Our common challenge was to bring the good quality and communicate our work.
Every milestone means celebration and new challenges at the same time. We had grown to the extent we needed new people in the studio. One half of the task was to be careful not to be overprotective of our brand while the other half was to take the newcomers through everything what Boya had been until that moment in a way of not hurting their personalities but leaving room for their eventual contribution to the brand - what would be their interpretation of everything we'd have been through together. Yes, just like parenting only acting like parents would be over the top here.
We'd had a couple of tryouts, but only when we reached the point of building our self-confidence, the team started to assemble.
Since our twenties, we've known a humble young man and talented ceramist, Boris Bogdanović. In the mean time, he's become a professor in the Arts and Crafts High School Tehnoart in Belgrade. Knowing his work ethics and standards as a teacher, we asked him for referrals. Jana, still a student at the Academy of Applied Arts at the time, joined us first. Soon we needed another assistant so Sara came along. She has been Jana's classmate through high school and academy. After a year, the third assistant Goga, also their classmate joined us.
Jana is a versatile creative person. She plays the guitar and loves being in a good company. She has the widest knowledge of music of us all. Jana is in charge of the pottery wheel. She'd bene already good when she joined us and is improving all the time. She is the most emotional to injustice of all of us.
If Sara is in a good mood, everyone is. If she is not in a good mood, she will allow others to cheer her up. The oldest of four sisters and a daughter of an artist. She's taken part in a few group exhibitions so far. We hope she will have her website soon. Sara is Bojana's assistant through all the production steps.
Goga joined us the latest but became part of the team right away. She actively draws and paints and she has developed her recognizable style (check her work out here). She loves working with people and that's the reason she hosts Boya workshops Goga but also, together with Sara, assists Bojana in the production. If good homemade sweets or bread are around, it's probably hers.
Rade is the only team member who is not a ceramist. He is in charge of the logistics but also of telling the story of Boya. He does our marketing and he will be the one to answer your e-mails, post to our social network profiles (apart from Instagram that Bojana still hold on to) and maintain the website. You will most likely be welcomed and served by him in the shop. Rade is in charge of lunch most often, meaning he will cook it. Bojana's partner in business, life, parenting and yacht.
Bojana, the chief ceramist. The most minutious of all of us. Very important virtue for her job. She designs all Boya pieces and still insists on having all the pieces go through her hands before leaving the studio. She co-designed our shop&studio. She loves Far East cultures, jazz, Nick Cave, Paul Auster, Renato Carosone and a cup of good coffee.