Poland Makes the Most Beautiful Pottery: Here’s A Guide

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The tradition of pottery-making in Poland dates back centuries, and today, it stands as a testament to the country’s artistic heritage. If you’re looking to add some of this beautiful pottery to your collection, here is what to know. 

The Story Behind The Pottery

The origins of Polish pottery can be traced back to the 6th century. However, it was not until the Middle Ages that the region of Lower Silesia (where Bolesławiec is located) became known for its pottery production due to the abundant deposits of high-quality clay in the area. Initially, the pottery was quite basic, primarily focused on utilitarian purposes.

Boleslawiec: The Heart of Polish Pottery

Boleslawiec, often referred to as the “Pottery City,” emerged as the epicenter of this craft by the 14th century. The local artisans developed a unique style known as Bolesławiec pottery or Bunzlauer pottery in German. This style is characterized by its white or cream-colored clay, adorned with hand-stamped motifs and covered with a distinctive glaze.

Where To Buy

Bolesławiec is still the epicenter of Polish pottery today. One of the most famous factories in Boleslawiec is Ceramika Artystyczna and definitely worth the visit. Manufaktura is another great store to check out with a range of traditional and modern pottery.