The creation of Polish Pottery is something that fascinates us since 2003. This is why we created this store. Chances are that you, like us, are in love with Polish Pottery and this is why you're here!
So, you're asking, how it's made?
Let's get right into it.
Special white clay is used, which is a mix of mineral substances that occur in sedimentary rocks and soils. It is soft when moist, but when fired above 1200 degrees Centigrade it becomes as hard as stone (thus the name) and non-porous. This intense firing makes it resistant to chips and breakage, causes it to retain heat, have even temperature throughout, (making it exceptional for baking and serving), and makes each piece safe for the oven, microwave and dishwasher. However, it cannot take rapid temperature changes. Heat or cool slowly to avoid cracking or breaking. The final glaze results in an ultra smooth finish, enhancing its beauty and ease of cleaning.
Design and Production
Traditional patterns use greens, blues and earth tones. The Unikat (Signature) patterns that we primarily select have added other accent colors to their very ornate and sophisticated designs. The decorative motifs are applied to the surface with a variety of small stamps and hand painting = often with a thousand strokes – each a little different. They are then signed by the artist. After the paint is applied the piece is fired at 2300 F or above. Glaze is added before the second and final firing. All paints and glazes are free of lead and cadmium, and cleared by FDA.
This is just the tip of the iceberg and there is a lot more to it, but we hope that this little glimpse of the process was interesting to you!
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