We have recently expanded our selection of Polish Pottery from Boleslawiec. We are excited about all of the new and unusual pieces that we have on the website just in time for the holidays! There are a few new patterns that we have never carried before and new pieces that are sure to delight! Visit our website soon and browse the selections.
Read on to enjoy some history and care instructions for the ever-popular Ceramika Artystyczna pottery from Boleslawiec, Poland.
History: Polish stoneware originated as folk art in the early 1800′s. It was crafted in the German province of Silesia, now a part of Poland. Inspired by the peacock feather, farmers created strong and beautiful pieces for their tables. Today, in a small village in Poland, skilled artists still make the tableware by hand. Each piece is handcrafted and hand painted using a sponge-stamping technique and free-hand designs.
Unique to the Polish Pottery is the iridescent “eye spot” markings that characterize the peacock theme. These large blue and green eye spots and variations are arranged on the pieces to depict patterns that are distinctive to the Silesia region.
Many pottery cooperatives work in a small Polish town today, but the finest stoneware is produced by the Ceramika Artystyczna cooperative. Each piece is stamped on the bottom with their noted seal. Each piece is an individual artwork of excellent craftsmanship, so that no two pieces are really alike. When an artist achieves the highest level of accomplishment, they earn the privilege of creating their own designs from start to finish and get to sigh their work. These pieces are called UNIKAT (Polish for unique). These pieces are rare and command a higher price. Unikat pieces will always have the artists signature on the bottom.
Created from white clay and fired at temperatures in excess of 3000 Celsius, this stoneware is cadmium and lead free. The stoneware is safe for use in the dishwasher, microwave, oven, or freezer. It is also impervious to abrasives. Polish stoneware does not chip or crack easily and is extremely durable.
Care: Do not add cold water to a hot piece of pottery, or place a piece of the pottery directly from the freezer to the oven, as this extreme temperature change can cause cracking or breakage. Bring stoneware to room temperature before placing in an oven or microwave. Always place a small amount of water in the pans when cooking meats and roasts to disperse the heat and prevent damage. The maximum recommended oven temperature is 375 degrees. These pans are not intended for baking fish.