Bolesławiec stoneware originated as folk art in the early 1800's It was crafted in the German province of Silesia, now a part of Poland (called Ślask in Polish). Inspired by the peacock feather, farmers were instrumental in creating a statement of strength and beauty in each piece of their tableware. Today in a small village of Poland. skilled artisans still individually handcraft and hand paint each piece with the same pride and care used over a century ago, preserving the charm of Old Central Europe. Antique Bolesławiec stoneware can be seen in museums, antique shops, and in private collections throughout Europe.
Unique to these ceramics are the iridescent eye markings that characterize the peacock. These large blue and green eye spots and variations are classically arranged on the pieces to depict patterns that are distinctive to the Silesian region.
Several cooperatives operate in Boleslawiec today but the finest stoneware is produced by the cooperative known as "Boleslawiec Artistic Ceramic" Most of their work is exported making it almost impossible to find anywhere else in Poland. Each piece is stamped on the bottom with a seal of a castle and the letter "B" above it (if made prior to 1996) or the letter "B" enclosed in a teapot. Excellent craftsmanship is a hallmark of "Bolesławiec Artistic Ceramic". They use whiter clay, finer painting and pieces are thicker and more durable than any other firm's products. Each piece is an individual creation, so no two pieces are exactly alike.
For over 20 years, the “Manufaktura” Sp. J. Smoleński & Zwierz Stone Pottery Factory in Bolesławiec has promoted Bolesławiec pottery round the world. Manual manufacturing based on a traditional technology on the one hand and openness to new decorative elements and co-operation with artists on the other hand make “Manufaktura”a trend-setter viewed as one of the most important producers of Bolesławiec pottery.The products of the company have been exhibited on the most important decoration and interior furnishing fair – Ambiente in Frankfurt – many times. “Manufaktura” implements its mission, that is – passing the tradition of Bolesławiec pottery to the next generations, through the Live Museum of Pottery open to all the visitors.
Bolesławiec is only 20 minutes from the Pod Zielonym Jajem Hotel.
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