Bulgaria is the California of The Balkans for many reasons. It has beaches and mountains, ample farmland, a buzzing tech sector and fine artisans. Troyan pottery is one craft that defines Bulgaria's unique culture. Besides its amazing food, people and scenery, Bulgaria begs for a visit if you are ever in or near southeastern Europe. One Bulgarian artist, however, now has his work available for purchase in North America.

 in the kiln

in the kiln

Now Bulgarian Pottery and Gifts showcases the work of Eygeni Ivanov, a Troyan native who lives in Vratza, Bulgaria. He takes Troyan pottery techniques to a contemporary level. A star of the Troyan School of Ceramics, he has produced his own style of pottery since 1998. His workshop, which creates a style of pottery under the Tri Ushi name, employs ten full time artisans. You can view the collection here.

We applaud entrepreneurs Svetla Parker and Anne Griffin for doing their part to ensure that a proud Bulgarian art will earn the stature it deserves.

Evegny Ivanov in his studio

Evegny Ivanov in his studio

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.