With desire and love - Pottery and Poetry

Is it difficult to be a team player? A question that is barely asked. We are always bombed with flocculus how much teamwork is important and how special it is. But we are never asked, is it difficult to be a part of the team? To fully believe the other person. To feel supported and not overwhelmed. To feel like you are ending each other sentences and encouraging creative storms just when it's needed.
If you ever felt like a stranger in a room, or like the only person that doesn't get the topic right - we invite you to read this blog. Let it soak, and try to find some answers to your struggles.
The powerful artistic duo behind Pottery&Poetry is a great inspiration for anyone looking for an example of team work. Maria Baleva creating pottery and Zornitsa Genova writing poetry. In every aspect of their work, you can feel them complementing each other. With grace, they blended two art directions into one brand. Making a creative and encouraging space for every person that decides to be a part of their journey.

Where are you from? Where does the art journey start for you?

We are Bulgarians living and working in Sofia.  Art has been a part of our lives for as long as we can remember.  In one way or another, it has always been present around us

What is the first emotion that drives you towards creating an art piece? Do you recognize the connection immediately and let yourself flow on the creative process? Or do you "bake" the inspiration for some time?

It's different every time.  Sometimes inspiration pulls you out of bed at night and you have no rest until you create something, and sometimes you need to meditate a little in the waters of your subconscious because the everyday life has caught you by the throat and you are just blocked.

What is the back story of your design? Because every one of us sees the world through separate lenses. How hard it must be to transfer it to other people?

We really hope so, we would be happy for our things to resonate differently in our different fans, because that means that they bring a multi-layered energy and emotion.  We do not like to define the process, it is alive and should not be framed.

When it comes to making a living from your art, what are the main struggles? And what would be your advice for starting artists? 

The most difficult thing is to find time to keep your true creative energy alive so that you do not lose your inner impulse and be true to yourself.  If you do things with desire and love, they always succeed. That is our advise, just don’t give up on what you really love to do.

What do you prefer, single pieces or storytelling through a whole project? And what approach do you use in each case?

Interesting question, we have not thought about it in that point of view. There is a creative energy and we follow it, the parts of it are inseparable from the whole and are equally important because they resonate with each other.

Why do you use certain materials? What connects you with them, and makes you feel they are perfect for your art piece?

The choice of materials is mainly purely practical, we prefer porcelain because it is durable, but there are items that give more defects with porcelain. The rest is a matter of inspiration and of course each costumer has different preferences. Every material carries a different energy and requires a different techniques so it is cool to switch them in order to keep yourself intrigued.

What does ART, in general, mean to you?

Art is a necessity, it cannot and should not be defined. Art is a way of living that helps you enjoy the beauty and wisdom that flows from everything, making you feel one with the soul of the world.
The FOURLINEdesign team would like to thank Maria Baleva and Zornitsa Genova for sharing inspiring thoughts with our community.