Oh I have no words for how AWESOME my weekend was! I went with another friend to the annual Polish Pottery Festival in Boleslawiec, Poland. This festival is 5 days of ceramics, concerts, parades, exhibits, handi-crafts, antique market and a carnival.
We went first thing Saturday morning and came home Sunday evening. I had never been to this before so I was totally excited for this weekend! I have a friend here who grew up in Boleslawiec and still has all her family there and she said this was a must for me while I live here in Poland.
Most everything that I had found about the festival was in Polish so I wasn’t sure quite what to expect this weekend. We headed out Saturday morning at 05:00 for our 4 hour drive south. It is AMAZING how quick that 4 hour drive is was when you are with a friend and have no kids in the car and you talk just about everything!
This festival was beyond my expectations. Back in my high school days I would say this was “totally rad.” I cannot put in words how fun this weekend was so I will let my pictures do the taking. I am going to apologize now for all the pictures in this post and if took a long time to load but there was that much going on during the festival.
So here is Boleslawiec Polish pottery festival day 1…
Let the shopping begin! Andy’s was fully stocked and ready for all the shoppers.
This is where the painting is done at Andy’s.
I love driving through the country and looking at houses.
Next stop, one of my favorite shops…Andar’s! Where is all the pottery?? They took the majority of their inventory to festival as they had a stall in it. Luckily a few of the pieces that I needed he had there and the rest would be at the festival.
Since we were the only ones there we were able to do a personal tour of how him and his wife make their pieces from start to finish.
Here are the colors look like before and after the pieces are baked.
Then a quick stop to Bolorwski studio to check out their 2014 line. These 2 pieces were my big purchase for the weekend.
Well it looks like a party over there in front of those pottery shops!
Parking was a bit tricky this weekend by Artystyczna. This area was right next to it and I got lucky and was able to pull into a spot because there was 2 young gentleman pointing to a open spot. It is not uncommon to see them offering to watch your car for you and to offer to wash your windows or even wash car. I have no problem playing them a few zlotys as at least they are working for the money instead of just begging for it.
This the CRAZY line in Artystyczna that we walked into. I love the pottery here so it was worth the wait for me. The positive waiting in line for that long…after I finished shopping on the right hand side and then when I got in line on the left hand side I could do some serious digging while I waited.
This was out side of Artystyczna. They had free food and drinks and lots of different activities for all ages.
Who wouldn’t get Polish pottery designs painted on you?
You can try your hand at painting a mug.
The best part of stopping here? They had these AMAZING tables set up with different designs and styles of pottery they sell and ideas how to use them. Who knew that you can Polish pottery fondue sets?
Does this not look like heaven?
They even had tables full of items that your could purchase by pattern.
Would this not make for one awesome Easter table?
I really need to remember this for the Easter season! How cute is this?
They also had this lady who would quickly custom stamp a mug for you. Unfortunately you won’t be to really use as a mug since there is no glaze on it but it is still neat.
They even had their custom pieces they had made for the Pope over the years. This set was made a special event that Pope John Paul did years ago.
They had tables set up for every color and holiday scheme you could possibly imagine.
That is one way to have a beer! Now if only that was Coke Zero I would have done the samething.
Now this looks interesting!
At the Trycz store they had a special where if your purchase was at least 100 zloty you got a FREE lunch! Yeah, more money to spend on pottery!!
They even had people making unique pieces outside. I would have LOVED to get my hand on that piece.
Another store…another line!
And yet again more table ideas for you.
At Manufaktura they were doing tours of their factory. They had them in English and several other languages. This was AWESOME!!
They even had a few ladies painting so you see it from start to finish. These ladies are amazing!
This poor guy looked very tired from shopping! But he did come prepared though and brought a book.
Since it was about 5 at night, we quick headed over to our hotel to check-in to make sure we still had a room reserved. This looks perfect to relax in after a long day of shopping.
Many of the different factories where doing fun activities throughout the weekend.
We made it to the festival!
How far does this go?
The other direction more stalls and more people.
I fell in LOVE with these earrings.
Are these not wonderful? At 1.60 zloty (50 cents) each I got me a handful of these.
They had jewelry for everyone’s taste and budget.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!
Just a little bit of everything.
Oh where to start to shopping.
Not sure if I would want to drink from something like this.
Oh how I wish I had my forever house(military wives will know what I am talking about) and it would be awesome to have one or two of these.
Lots and lots of craft stalls.
And lots of pottery stalls too. This was one I had never heard before.
What a selection.
Yep, the Polish people like making homemade pickles.
And more stalls.
Want to make some Polish pottery jewelry? For a little more than a $1 you can!
After seeing these I am homesick for The Netherlands!
Need a welcome sign?
After 11 hours of shopping it was finally time for dinner. Pizza tasted perfect and a great way to end the night.
I have not fallen asleep that fast in a long time once we finally settled down for the night in our room. Sunday was just as much fun as Saturday but I am going to save that for tomorrow’s blog post along with a few tips if you go to next years festival! I know I will be there again!
Have you been to the festival before? What insider tips do you have for me for next years trip?