About Polish Pottery Polish stoneware is safe to use in the oven, microwave and dishwasher. However, avoid extreme and sudden temperature changes (e.g., broiler, immediate refrigerator to oven, or oven to cold water). When used in ovens, our Polish stoneware provides an even heat distribution while retaining moisture. For meat baking, we recommend adding a little water to the bottom of the stoneware. Due to clay’s natural tendencies, all foods stored in our Polish stoneware will preserve freshness for extended periods of time. The hard glaze finish makes cleaning your Polish stoneware easy.
History of Polish Pottery Polish Stoneware, also known as Polish Pottery, originated as folk art in 18th century in the German province of Solesia, now a part of Poland. Today, in the small village of Boleslawiec (“bo-leh-swa-vee-ets") this time honored tradition of artistically crafted stoneware continues.
Designs were originally inspired by the peacock feather (“Pfauenauge” or “Peacock’s Eye”) using the colors of cobalt blue, peacock blue, and earth tones. Farmers made pottery in the winter, when it was too cold for outside work, for use in their own kitchens. Today, skilled Polish artists still individually handcraft and hand decorate each piece using small sea sponges to apply unique and beautiful stamping patterns. Some designs also feature added brush details. Since all pieces are hand crafted each vary in design, pattern and color.
TRADITIONAL, UNIKAT, SIGNATURE SERIES Polish Pottery comes in Traditional, UNIKAT (“unique”), Signature and Premier patterns. The Traditional patterns are the simplest designs. UNIKAT are more intricate designs, and the Signature patterns are the most intricate designs created and signed by the master artists. As with any hand formed and hand painted stoneware, colors and patterns may vary. All patterns are loved and appreciated for their strong and vibrant colors, which are crafted to complement each other. Enjoy the fun process of creating your own perfect combinations.