Story of Boya
Hello, my name is Bojana.
I handcraft fine porcelain tableware. It’s been a fifteen-year long journey behind that. I fell in love with the art of ceramics as a student of Chinese language and literature by discovering the minimalist ideal of beauty of the Far East, contrasts and harmony of solid and fragile. This proved to be the perfect introduction to porcelain.
With a lot of enthusiasm I moved to China in 2005 and besides calligraphy classes which I had a chance to take with a great and renowned teacher I pretty much got disappointed. Knowledge gained there I'm using today when applying golden motifs on my pieces; after a year I returned home and I did the most monotonous job in a large retail chain; spent five years as a language instructor and all through that, one thing has kept me focused - the seductive meditative atmosphere of making ceramics.
In early 2012, I felt ready to start a new life. That’s when porcelain and the brand got the impetus. The name I started with was Re:Art:Concept. I wanted to make a clear and simple design, inspiring 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. Being fed up with his job the need to have our family business was growing strong so we decided to join forces when our daughter was born. His job 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 the historical part of Belgrade 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. I 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 joy of life what is the point. Every occasion can be special 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 porcelain without the fear of breaking it, but still with special care, we open the door of life-celebrating philosophy behind it.
How do I work?
All of my work is handmade. I use fine porcelain clay body and pigments acquired from all over the world which I mix with glazes in order to get pastel or vibrant colors I want. Also, I color porcelain clay body or use porcelain colored slip to make pieces.
I use fine French porcelain from Limoges. Pigments and glazes are acquired from all over the world - from my home town Belgrade, Hungary, Germany or the USA. I apply liquid 24K gold made by German company Heraeus. I recycle porcelain whenever possible.
Every piece takes some 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