Through my travels I come across many collectibles and daily use products. My wife and my Mother (God rest her soul) got me to appreciate the art and quality of fine ceramics and pottery. Whereas I have been a fan of English china and Irish crystal I have recently been exposed to pottery from the village of Boleslawiec, Poland.
At first I believed there was only a factory called Boleslawiec in Poland that made blue and white pottery. But as I began to learn more I realized that there are a number of factories in the area that create their own unique brand and styles. The pottery is also identified with the German name for the town Bunzlau. Bunzlauer ware (Ceramika boles?awiecka) grew from a folk tradition into a distinct ceramic category. The term Bunzlauer ware may also used to describe related pottery produced in the neighboring districts of Lusatia and Saxony.
Apparently the history of ceramics and pottery in the region goes back hundreds of years. There is archaeological evidence that suggests even as far back as the 700’s A.D.! Boleslawiec found itself at the crossroads of traderoutes that went to Berlin, Dresden, Warsaw, Prague, etc…, These trade routes coupled with the abundance of clay deposits of high quality in the area were the catalyst for what has now become a major pottery center of Europe.
The patterns and stampings that are used by the manufacturers in Boleslawiec make their products easily identifiable the world over.Two of the more well known factories are Zaklady Ceramiczne and Manufaktura Boleslawcu. I am most partial to the potteryfrom these two factories but that’s just me.
I invite you to investigate the pottery from the Boleslawiec region of Poland. It is quite beautiful and is something that is meant to be used on a daily basis. I find my self enjoying my morning tea that much more when I drink it out of one of my Polish mugs.
If you have any experience with this pottery or from other manufacturers in the area please share it here. I am constantly on the look out for more information regarding the ceramics from Boleslawiec. If you would like to see all of my Polish Pottery just take a look here.