Polish Pottery Pride is owned and operated by Basia and Mike Vnuk. Basia was born in
Lublin, Poland and came to the United States many years ago. Basia can take care of all
your Polish pottery needs in both English and Polish.
About Polish Pottery
History of Polish Pottery Boleslawiec (Bunzlauer) stoneware originated as folk art in the early 1800's in the German province of Silesia. The name Bunzlauer comes from the name of the then German town of Bunzlau, which is now part of Polish town of Boleslawiec. This city is located on the Bobr River in southwestern Poland near the German and Czech border. This entire region has a history of pottery making dating back to the early 7th century. Early pieces from the 1700's and 1800's were used by farmers as storage pieces and had a chocolate colored glaze. At the end of the 19th century, the potters of Bunzlauer began to introduce new lines of pottery intended for use in the parlor. Today in the small village of Boleslawiec (pronounced "Bowl-slaw-ick"), Poland, skilled artists still individually handcraft and hand paint each piece of pottery using a hand-stamping technique and free-hand design.
Polish Pottery Factories
While all ceramic factories in Boleslawiec produce beautiful pieces, the artists associated with the Ceramika
Artystyczna (CA) cooperative produce an abundance of exquisite designs
and pottery of the higest caliber and quality. Ceramika Artystyczna
has won several awards for artistic design and quality. This
particular pottery is made from whiter and denser clay and
incorporates more intricate designs and shapes. Many traditional and
contemporary patterns are available.
Zaklady Ceramiczne - is one of the oldest and largest stoneware
factories in Boleslawiec. The products of Zaklady Ceramiczne are
renowned for their beautiful hand-finish, original style and high
practicality. At the present time, we carry only pieces from their
Signature Collection, meaning each piece is crafted by a master
artisan and individually signed.
Durability & Use
This handmade and hand-painted pottery is fired at temperatures of
3,000 degrees Farenheit, making it not only durable but impervious to
abrasives and resistant to cracks and chips. All pottery is intended
for everyday use and is lead/cadmium free. The glaze allows foods to
release with little or no oil. All pieces are safe for the
refrigerator, oven, microwave and dishwasher. (Always allow them to
come to room temperature when going from the extreme of the
refrigerator/freezer to oven. Extreme temperature change will crack