Since the moment of its invention, ceramics and pottery have been continuously present and integral to both human life and evolution. The use of pottery turned simple humans into the advanced species we are today, turning simple food cooked over an open flame into the cuisine we take for granted today. The technique of pottery and ceramic creation remains basically unchanged from inception, but its form reflects ourselves – our tradition and our modernity.
Polish pottery is hand-painted stoneware made in the town of Boleslawiec, Poland, where the tradition of pottery dates back to the 14th century. The advantageous geographic location of Boleslawiec at the crossroads of trade routes and the abundance of exceptional raw material resources (rich deposits of heat resistant clay as well natural glazes) made this field of art the driving force behind the development of the region. In the early 1900's, Boleslawiec pottery experienced a renaissance that introduced the "Jugendstil" movement - the German equivalent of Art Nouveau. During this time, the "Peacock's Eye" became the universally accepted trademark decoration of the stoneware. In response to the Art Deco style, the 1920's brought a trend towards the introduction of additional colors. However, during World War II all the ceramic plants were destroyed and production came to a standstill. It wasn't until the 1940's that efforts began to revive the lost ceramic art. Today, this region is once again world-renowned for its high quality, cobalt blue ceramic ware.
Manufacturing Process and Characteristics
Polish pottery is created from clay that is found only in the Boleslawiec region of Poland. The pottery is fired in electric and gas kilns at temperatures exceeding 2200°F. During the process, skilled artists individually handcraft and hand-paint each piece of pottery using hand-stamping and free-hand techniques with a brush and natural sea sponge, one by one. This results in slight variations in color and pattern, meaning that each piece of pottery is a unique and one of a kind piece. The highly dense nature of the clay and subsequent pottery allows the tableware to be chip and crack resistant. Lustrous and durable glazes are applied to each dish which adds a beautiful shine and preserves the vibrant colors. This combination of function and beauty is what makes polish pottery so captivating and appealing.
All stoneware found in our shop can be safely used in dishwashers, microwaves, freezers, and ovens up to 480°F. Ceramic pottery retains heat and cold, keeping food warmer or cooler for extended periods of time.
With proper care, your stoneware can last more than one lifetime.
Environmentally Friendly at Every Step
By using only natural materials and paints this stoneware is perfect for everyday use and the artists that create these pieces have no risk of being exposed to harmful chemicals. Art of Pottery is proud to offer non-toxic tableware. We strive to ensure waste limited to a minimum and that the entire process is subject to the maximum recycling we can achieve. Finally, the inherent durability of our products allows you to enjoy the pottery over generations and eliminate post-consumer waste.
Caring for your Pottery
Polish Pottery distributes heat evenly which results in perfect baking. You can safely use it in conventional ovens and temperatures up to 480°F.
Following these guidelines will ensure that you will enjoy your beautiful stoneware for many years.
- Allow a cold the stoneware to warm to room temperature before placing in the oven or microwave.
- Do not place stoneware on direct heat (i.e. in the broiler, glass ceramic cooktop, stovetop burners, an open flame, in a microwave or on browning element).
- Hot stoneware should not be exposed to cold liquids or handled with wet cloths. Allow the pottery to return to room temperature before cleaning or adding liquids. This will also avoid burning one’s skin and potentially breaking the dish.
- Always handle hot stoneware with proper heat-resistant oven mitts and trivets. Hot stoneware can cause burns to the skin or damage to tables if improperly handled.