Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I'M BACK... WITH POLISH POTTERY!


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 least expensive most simple one.  


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.  

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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?  


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22 comments:

  1. oh i LOVE your salad plates! they are so you (and me!) and so pretty!

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  2. So fun! I have a collection of Polish Pottery which was originally my Mom's and which I have added to over the years. I have it on display behind glass doors in my kitchen. I recently helped a client with her kitchen remodel and to my delight she also had a collection as well as a few cabinet pulls which we incorporated into her new kitchen. Love the colors and patterns. Glad you had a wonderful trip!

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  3. Love the pattern you chose, I think that would be my favorite too! I've never heard of Polish pottery before, but I love the bold blue and white patterns. Glad you had a great trip, can't wait to hear more about it!

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  4. This is BEAUTIFUL!!!! I wish I had some! So happy you got to go!

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  5. Oh my gosh, I would have wanted to buy out the whole store. Gorgeous!!

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  6. Welcome home!! Love the pottery, I probably would have picked the polka-dots too!!

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  7. How pretty Jennifer - I love that deep cobalt hue. They are going to compliment the green in your house so well! Can't wait to hear more about your trip!

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  8. Welcome home! Love your simple choice, it would have taken me days to decide! There is a Polish pottery outlet that I pass all the time and if you can believe it I've never been in!

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  9. Your dishes are gorgeous, I love the simple designs too. So pretty. Can't wait to hear more about your trip.

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  10. Jennifer, I have a beautiful collection of Polish pottery. I use our dishes and bowls every day. My favorite pieces are bordered in the cobalt blue. When we remodeled our kitchen, I incorporated glass door cabinets to display many lovely pieces. I'm very pleased that my daughter loves them too.

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  11. So gorgeous! I just bought a Polish fruit bowl at TJ Maxx the other day. I love the plates you chose! My lineage is mostly Polish, and I'd love to visit someday. Can't wait to hear all about it!

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  12. So pretty. My ex-boyfriend's family was Polish and his mom had the most gorgeous collection of pottery. Good luck settling back in - it always feels like it takes me forever!

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  13. I think every military wife own at least one piece of Polish pottery. :) I like your pattern- peacock, I think? It's fun to mix and match the patterns.

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  14. I have a few pieces ~ so amazing! I really prefer the more simple designs. Glad you had a wonderful trip!

    xo
    Pat

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  15. I like the pattern you picked out. We have a Polish Pottery store here in KC and the ladies told me that all the patterns can be mixed and matched since they all have similar color tones and patterns. I bought a tart pan and spatula and really like using them. (esp served with fall foods) :)

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  16. Fantastic! nothing like gorgeous pieces for the home from a wonderful trip!

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  17. I have a few odd pieces my mom has given me over the years. I love your plates, they are perfect for our polka dot loving addiction. :)

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  18. Wow! So pretty! I hope you had a wonderful trip!

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  19. These are really fun, Jennifer. I love special pieces that evoke memories, and travel souvenirs are such a great reminder of trips and experiences. Can't wait to read more about Poland.

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  20. I am Polish and so proud that our ceramic travels through the world! What's an irony, it's not considered "trendy" in Poland, Yet, I hope.

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  21. Hi Kasia, I have a Czech/Polish background too! It was so lovely to visit Poland last Fall. I really wish I could have gone to the Polish Pottery factory... maybe next time!

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