Monday, July 25, 2011

Polish pottery / ceramics

Ceramics from Boleslawiec
Author: Antosh
 Here is an idea for great souvenirs from Poland!
Polish pottery!
Polish pottery (in Polish: "polska ceramika") is known all over the world for its characteristic design and durability. The biggest manufacturer of Polish ceramics is located in a south-western Poland, in Bolesławiec city, where the production of ceramics has been known since Middle Ages.

A wine stopper, my favorite :)
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Polish pottery from Bolesławiec (from "Zakłady Ceramiczne Bolesławiec") is handmade and handcrafted. The patterns are painted using sponge stamps and brushes. The most popular patterns are: peacock's eye, flowers, circles and dots. Characteristic colors of Polish pottery are creamy white and patterns in dark blue, green, brown or yellow. All products come in different shapes, sizes and designs.

Polish ceramics is made of white clay which can be found in Bolesławiec region. After decorating process, the pottery is glazed and burnt in a big furnace, in temperature of 1250 degrees "C" (2280 degrees "F"). All kitchenware can be used in microwaves, dishwashers and stoves thanks to its high resistance. It is cadmium and lead free, and can be used for serving food, not only for decoration purpose.

My little spoon, my own souvenir ;o)
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Talking about variety! You can choose from: plates, pots, bowls, containers, vases, pitchers, teapots and teacups, sugar bowls, salt and pepper shakers, figures, wine stoppers, spoons, etc. ... It is countless...
Many people all over the world are collecting Polish pottery, which is known also as Polish stoneware. It is a great gift for people who love collectibles, but also for every day use.

And this cute magnet on my fridge
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The largest collection of Polish pottery can be found in the Museum of Ceramics in Bolesławiec, Poland.
Here is the link to the museum's web site:

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