Polish Pottery - Boleslawiec

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Since the 7th century pottery has been produced in the town of Boleslawiec in the Silesian region of Poland using the local white clay found in the area. Farmers first started producing pottery for storage purposes and then with increasing urbanisation began producing for the cities. The German government found the 'Kermische Fachschule' in 1898 to foster development of the art.

The familiar peacock pattern became the signature design in the 1900s. In the post-war period the area was rebuilt and the pottery factories rebuilt and were controlled by the government. The pottery is designed by individually stamping the pieces with small sponges. 'Unikat' designs are limited edition deisgns made by individual artists.

Today there are several factories the best being Zaklady Ceramincze, Ceramika Artystsyczna, Cer-raf and Manufaktura. There are many others but the quality of the pottery is dependent on the size and power of the ovens and some producers do not have such big ovens. Each piece is crafted individually and no two pieces are alike. The traditional peaock pattern is the most popular.
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