Monthly Archives: June 2011

Poland’s unbreakable pottery tradition

Boleslawiec or Bunzlau stoneware comes from the province of Silesia, formerly part of Germany. Skilled artisans continue to create and hand paint each piece of pottery in traditional patterns, some dating back to the 14th century. Today, there are several factories in the city of Boleslawiec that make pottery. The pattern pictured here from a recent photo shoot for Lake Erie Living magazine is known by several names: blue eyes, blue dots and classic blue dot.

The art director for the magazine had purchased the piece in Poland. Coincidentally, my husband was heading to the country on a business trip just a few days later. He found a few pieces at an open-air stall in Krakow’s main square. He brought back four pieces totaling about $42 USD.

You don’t have to book a flight to Poland to buy Bunzlauer or Boleslawiec Polish Pottery. You can find pieces on, among other e-retailers.

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