Nestled in the center of Bulgaria, in the foothills of the Balkan mountain range, is the small town of Troyan, a center for artisan pottery since the middle of the 1800s when the distinctive Troyan style began to take shape. The red clay of the area is particularly well-suited for pottery, and the local craftswomen who painted the pottery each developed their own signature designs.
Troyan style pottery is considered to be a true Bulgarian craft. Pieces are difficult to find in the US and tend to be pricey, but it is so worth the splurge. In this vintage tea set the blue, yellow, black and white were painted on and then smeared to achieve the ripple and peacock effect. Once the piece is fired, the glaze transforms into a high gloss with clarity and depth rarely seen in other pottery.