Thanks to numerous potters who worked in this land throughout the history, Slovene households appreciate ceramic tableware. We are proud to say that – by following technological development as well as the needs of our customers for two centuries – our products from factories in Liboje have found their way into almost every Slovenian home.
Despite the success, the company went through a difficult time soon after a break of the century, until Alojz Bojnec Sr took it over, started the revitalization and introduced a new brand – Bojnec Ceramics. Despite the fact that other European manufacturers of ceramics moved their production facilities to Asia, Keramika Liboje maintains its production at home. Today, the company focuses on ceramic products for preparing and serving food.
The Schütz Family
In the second half of the 19th century they became owners of manufactories in Liboje where local potters were employed. In the beginning they produced ceramics with rustic motifs but later they focused on artistically more demanding majolica, decorative plates, figurines and vases. They got help and have learned from artists in Vienna. Ceramic products from Liboje became a kind of a status symbol of the wealthy population in Austro-Hungarian Empire. In 1919 the factory was bought by the Abel family who escaped the country after the Second World War. The factory was nationalized and its name changed to KILI (Keramična Industrija Liboje). After Slovenia’s secession from Yugoslavia in 1991 the company was privatized again and faced bankruptcy about a decade later.
The origins of Bojnec Ceramics brand go back to the middle of the 20th century when the Bojnec family started their first pottery workshop. Managed by Alojz Bojnec Sr, the products have become recognizable throughout Slovenia. The demand soon exceeded the capacity local workshops could supply; therefore Alojz Bojnec Jr expanded the business by establishing another production facility. It did not take long until their products were exported to foreign markets as well.
Quality work and firm presence in the international market over the past twenty years have been a good basis on which the owner and manager of the company – even during the economic crisis – succeeded to take over and revitalize the KILI Company in Liboje which was facing bankruptcy due to poor management. Without innovative solutions and with decreasing export KILI was threatened by a final collapse which would mean the end of a successful story that had been started by the Schütz family in the 19th century.