Story of Boya
Hello, my name is Bojana.
I handcraft elegant porcelain tableware. It's been a fifteen-year long journey behind that. The art of ceramics caught me as a student of Chinese language and literature. I discovered the minimalist ideal of beauty of the Far East, contrasts, and harmony of firmness and fragile. This proved to be the perfect introduction to porcelain.
With a lot of enthusiasm, I moved to China in 2005. Besides calligraphy classes, I had a chance to take with a great and renowned teacher, it was pretty much disappointing. Skills acquired in those classes I use today when applying golden motifs. After a year, I returned home and did the most monotonous job in a large retail chain, then spent five years as a language instructor. One thing that has kept me through was the seductive and meditative atmosphere of a pottery studio.
In early 2012, I felt ready to start a new life. That is when porcelain and the brand got the impetus. The name I started with was Re:Art:Concept. I wanted to make a minimalistic design, inspirational, and utile in different situations.
Then, a movie moment happened.
-Whatever you want.
(three weeks later)
- Hun, can I take this wardrobe?
(two and a half years later)
- Where shall we put the crib?
Rade worked in a TV production company when we met. He likes to cook and write. He felt the urge for a change in his career. The need to have our family business was growing strong, so we decided to join forces when our daughter was born. His task now is to let me focus on design and studio work.
In the summer of 2016, we were lucky enough to find a perfect space in a downtown Skadarlija district in Belgrade's old part for our first shop and studio. Our families helped us, and the new era started on September 1, 2016.
In October 2017, Re:Art changes its name to Boya Porcelain. We needed a new name that will reflect better what I do, my personal approach.
For generations, porcelain pieces have been kept for special occasions, only taking care of not to be broken. That is not fair!
Yes, it can be broken, but if not used with the joy of life, what is the point. Every occasion can be unique and we should enjoy the delicacy and beauty of porcelain. If it gets broken, let's immediately sing just like my grandma used to do. If we take China without the fear of breaking it, but with full presence to the moment, we will open the door of life-celebrating philosophy.
How do I work?
All of my work is handmade. Besides the wheel that is used for cups and some bowls, my only tools are roll-pin, small hand tools, and bare hands. I use porcelain clay bodies and pigments acquired from all over the world.
Most of my pieces are made of porcelain from Limoges, France. Pigments and glazes are acquired from all over the world - from my home town Belgrade, Hungary, Germany, Scotland, all the way to the USA. I apply liquid 24K gold made by German company Heraeus. I recycle porcelain whenever possible. Boya shows zero tolerance for heavy metals in pigments even when those are present in legally allowed amounts.
Every piece takes at least ten days to be done.
The whole process is done in the house with no outsourcing from the moment a raw material enters the studio.
So, let me show you my work.