Well, hello there friends! We've returned from our big adventure. If you don't follow me on Instagram, then you might not know that we spent the last 10 days in Poland. We took a team of 7 from our church to work with some friends living there and spend time with the Polish people. I'll be working on a full post with photos and more details from our trip, but I'm still catching up from being away and getting back into the swing of things.
So today, I wanted to show you my favorite souvenir that I brought back... Polish Pottery! If you're not familiar with it, it is a line of hand made pottery made in Bolesławiec, Poland, beginning in the early 1830s. Although there are many different patterns available, a vibrant blue is the predominant color in almost all of them. From what I observed, prices vary according to the amount of detail and additional colors used on the piece. Thankfully, my favorite pattern was the
I bought 6 salad plates and can't wait to create a fun table setting with these beauties!
I also brought back a mug and this little cutie,
as well as some gifts for family.
The shop owners did a wonderful job wrapping everything for travel, but I didn't want to take chances with it in my checked luggage so I loaded up my Vera Bradley duffel and carried it all the way home. I think my bag weighed about 25 pounds. ;)
There are countless gorgeous patterns available.
Every once in a while I see some Polish Pottery pieces at Marshall's or TJ Maxx. I was even lucky enough to find this perfect condition oval casserole dish at a garage sale last year, for a whopping $3!
There's more good background information here if you'd like to read more about the history and how it's made. Do you own any Polish Pottery? Do you prefer the simple designs or the more intricate ones?