Tucked away in an old Victorian School in Abbeymount, Edinburgh lies the beautiful, bright ceramic studio of Borja Moronta (which funnily enough, he shares with Julija!). After graduating as an architect in 2016 from Madrid Polytechnic University, he decided to leave sunny Spain behind and headed over to the cobbled streets and rain of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Borja began practicing pottery in early 2018 as part of a recovery process from surgery due to severe nerve damage on his left hand. He joined Edinburgh Ceramics Workshop evening classes and became a member soon after. In the months that followed, commission requests started piling up and Borja juggled his second degree, full time work and creating pieces for stockists, restaurants, and cafes. In December 2020, he left his job to become a full-time potter and we couldn’t be happier to have him on board!
Borja’s pieces are all about simple, clean lines with a calm and natural soft tone palette – we’re talking light greys, moss greens and minimalistic slate white. Pieces are tactile with a matte finish – similar to that of a pebble. Each and every piece is handmade on the potter’s wheel, and later glazed by hand (in glazes developed from scratch by Borja himself, after hours and hours of meticulous testing).
Borja’s pieces now run throughout the meal at Fhior and Spry Wines based in Edinburgh and are stocked in a select few independent homeware stores and cafes spotted around Scotland.