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Hand painted pottery from Poland
Zanzibar welcomes our newest addition to pottery: Beautiful hand painted and stamped pottery from Poland. We will be offering pitchers, creamers, tea sets, small dishes and bowls and an ever-changing variety of this bold and beautiful pottery.
Boleslawiec (pronounced bol-ES-slav-ik) Poland produces the finest in ceramic dinnerware and accessories. The 600-year-old tradition lives on through each piece, which is lovingly handcrafted. The unique stamp technique, beautiful white clay and green, blue, earth tone glazes adorning each piece have created a worldwide recognition of Polish Pottery.
Our Boleslawiec pottery products are of the highest quality, lead-free, microwave, oven, freezer, and dishwasher-safe. Our heirloom-quality stoneware is non-porous, chip-resistant and easy to clean! All Boleslawiec pottery is clearly marked with marks/stickers that give a "Gat." rating. "Gat." is short for gatunek which means "quality category." You'll find pots ranging from categories one through five, however at Zanzibar we only sell Gat. 1 - the very highest/finest quality (there aren't any defects in the pot whatsoever.)
Boleslawiec is a charming little town located in the southwest of Poland about an hour (120 km) west of the city of Wroclaw. Boleslawiec is on a river and was settled more than 750 years ago. There is a sweet town square with historical buildings and churches, shops with ornaments, glass and linens, and even a ceramics museum. In August, the town hosts a ceramics festival in the town square.
The original design inspired by the peacock feather has endured generations while simultaneously evolving to fit the current needs and styles those buying the pottery. The patterns and colors are easily mixed and matched for a uniquely fashionable table top display and due to the double high firing technique each piece is microwave, oven, dishwasher and freezer safe. It is non-toxic (lead free) and impervious to abrasives. So the question is why not use this appealing combination of function and beauty every day.
Some pots are "Unikat' which means they are produced as a limited edition and are usually signed by the artist. These are crafted by master artisans who've taken years and years to produce designs that are repeated nearly flawlessly and perfect. These tend to be more expensive, prized items which can be displayed or used as they are as durable as regular Boleslawiec pottery.
TAKE CARE! While extremely utilitarian and
durable, Polish Pottery, like any stoneware, should not be taken directly
from the cold and placed in the oven. Allow to warm to room temperature
before heating. If proper precautions are not taken the pottery, like any
stoneware, may crack.
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