Facts About our Pottery
FACTORIES THAT PROVIDE OUR POTTERY
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We carry product from three factories in Boleslawiec (Ceramika Artystyczna, Zaklady and Wiza), thus giving you a very large selection, both in design and pricing. We carry four different price points within each of the eight categories. And we have many of the hard to find pieces – from pie birds to napkin holders to clocks and rabbit statuettes.
HOW OUR POTTERY IS MADE
Traditional patterns use greens, blues and earth tones. The Unikat (signature) patterns that we primarily select have added other accents colors to their very ornate and sophisticated designs. The decorative motifs are applied to the surface with a variety of small stamps, sponges, and hand painting – often with a thousand strokes – each a little different than the last. 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 the FDA.
THE POTTERY / STONEWARE
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 at 2300°F or above, it becomes as hard as stone (hence the name) and non-porous. This intense firing makes it resistant to chips, cracks, and breakage; causes it to retain heat or cold; has an even temperature throughout which makes it exceptional for baking or serving; and makes each piece safe for the oven, microwave, freezer, 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.
WARNING: Granite/marble counters and table tops are cooler than other types. Placing hot pottery directly on them may result in cracks due to the temperature difference.
HISTORY IN POLAND
Polish Pottery had its beginnings in the early 1800’s in the German province of Silesia, now part of southwest Poland. At that time the farmers created the Bunzlaure stoneware, being inspired by the peacock feather with its wonderful colors. This antique stoneware can be found in museums, antique shops and private collections throughout Europe. Today in the town of Boleslawiec, there are skilled artisans individually hand crafting each piece. They are producing traditional patterns of the last century, as well as more ornate designs called Unikat – Artistic or Excellent, both signed by the artist, known around the world.