Who doesn’t like Polish pottery?

So this weekend, I sneaked away from the kids and went with a few friends to the Polish pottery mecca, Boleslawiec, Poland!

Yes, I L-O-V-E Polish pottery.  Since my first trip there 5 years ago, I have been hooked.  No, my whole kitchen is not all Polish pottery but I do have a good share of it mostly serving pieces and fun display pieces.  

When a few friends asked about doing a trip to Boleslawiec, I jumped at the chance to go again.  Thankfully the roads have improved over the last 2 years we have lived here so the trip drive has gone down from 6 hours to about 4.5 hours.  When you can get pottery a 1/3 of the price compared to buying it in the US, you have to get it while you can!

Oh where to start?

Oh where to start?

Just one of the MANY patterns available in just one of the stores.

Just one of the MANY patterns available in just one of the stores.

Yet another pattern.

Yet another pattern.

The local glass factory and their unique pieces.

The local glass factory and their unique pieces.

This is Andar which is one of my favorite stores in that area! One of the sweetest couples you will meet.

This is Andar which is one of my favorite stores in that area! One of the sweetest couples you will meet.

You never know what you will find in the stores!

You never know what you will find in the stores!

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Part of the fun shopping here, digging for treasures.

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OH MY is all I can say!

 

Now this is a unique pattern.

Now this is a unique pattern.

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Not sure if I would want my whole kitchen in this pattern.

The tradition Polish peacock pattern.

The tradition Polish peacock pattern.

My new favorite hotel in town, Villa Ambassador!  This was just half the room 2 of us shared.

My new favorite hotel in town, Villa Ambasada! This was just half the room 3 of us shared.

Saturday night we took a break from shopping and ate a local Polish restaurant. Here is my Glolbki.

Saturday night we took a break from shopping and ate at a local Polish restaurant. Here is my Golabki.

Are these not the neatest cookbook holders?  I had a hard time justifying the price they wanted for them though.  So for now I will just admire this picture.

Are these not the neatest cookbook holders? I had a hard time justifying the price they wanted for them though. So for now I will just admire this picture.

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This store had the neatest Thanksgiving and Halloween themed items. Yes, that pumpkin is now sitting in my house.

There all types of patterns in the stores and this was one of them that I am not sure how they came up with this one.  Winnie the Pooh and butterflies? Interesting!

There all types of patterns in the stores and this was one of them that I am not sure how they came up with this one. Winnie the Pooh and butterflies? Interesting!

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I would love to have this in my “forever” home! Maybe some day when we finally stopping moving around the world I will.

My other favorite store in the area, Andy's!  They just opened up their new store last month.

My other favorite store in the area, Andy’s! They just opened up their new store last month.

The inside is 3x the size of the old store.

The inside is 3x the size of the old store.

One of the main reasons why I wanted to go was to get one of these candle lamps.

One of the main reasons why I wanted to go was to get one of these candle lamps.

This store I had some unique figurines.

This store I had some unique figurines.

It was so much fun shopping with my friends at these stores.  So in the upcoming few weeks be on the look out for blog posts about some more stores in the area that I have not done yet as each store has their own positives and negatives depending on what your needs are when shopping for Polish pottery.

If you want to learn more about what Polish pottery is click HERE to go to my blog post taking about it.

Have you been to Boleslawiec to go Polish pottery shopping? If so, tell me your favorite store and why.

love kelley
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10 Responses to Who doesn’t like Polish pottery?

  1. Stephanie says:

    We just made a trip from Belgium to Boleslawiec a couple of weeks ago. Had to stock up as we will be heading back to the States next year (we think). Andy is my favorite. Beautiful pieces and fabulous customer service! Almost all of my pottery is from them. Makes it easy to mix and match. I love too many of the patterns to choose just one or two. I go for same size/style and as many patterns as I can sneak into my basket (without my husband seeing.) :)

  2. Renee Allen says:

    The peacock pattern is far more stunning in person that I ever imagined. I’ve found two rectangular baking dishes and one matching mug and I love them!!!

  3. Me says:

    Hello,
    you may like also this:
    http://www.lesnahuta.pl/sklep-firmowy.html
    http://turystyka.crystaljulia.com/#prettyPhoto

    Szklarska Poręba is nearby Bolesławiec.
    Greetings.

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  6. Laurie says:

    What a great site! We currently live in Germany, but will be leaving soon, and I want to stock up before leaving. However, I have no idea how much money to take. I want *everything*: dishes, serving pieces, etc. Would you have *any* idea where might I find a sort of ballpark list on the general cost of pottery items? So far Google hasn’t been too helpful. Thanks so much if you know of anything!

    • Laurie,

      I wish I could give you a heads up for how much money to take but it really depends how much and what kind of stuff you want. I have friends who have spent less then $50 and others who have spent easy over $400! When you look online what you see in $ prices just divided it in half and that will give you a ball park of what to expect in prices. Now as for zlotys, you can easy get it from ATM’s here no problem and most stores here you can charge it too on your US cards. Just make sure do not take the guaranteed rate or choose to pay in Zlotys, pay in USD the exchange rate will be better from your bank.

      • Aj says:

        I’m curious about this too. We are about to move to Germany and I am seriously considering ditching most of my mismatched and worn out kitchen stuff before the packers get here and then replacing it with polish pottery once we are over there. My MIL has a bunch of it from when she was stationed in Germany and it seems to wear like iron (unlike my “wal-mart special” plates that are driving me crazy). I figure that I will need to save my pennies to buy a workable set of dishes in one go, but I am have a hard time contextualizing the prices. Even the import pricing for polish pottery seems to vary wildly

        What I would be looking to buy is:
        -dinner plates
        -salad plates (maybe?)
        -cereal/soup bowls
        -tea pot
        -tea/coffee mugs
        -a water pitcher
        -a serving bowl or two
        -a serving platter
        -2 bakers (one a bit smaller and one larger)

        I would probably look for a lot of CAT 2 pieces to bring down the overall price but I would probably skip the Unikat pieces all together. Not that I expect you to pull a total approximated cost for a full set right out of thin air, but for any of those given items what would you expect to see it priced as?

        Also, did you find that the Halloween/seasonal patterns were roughly the same price as the non-seasonal items, or more expensive?

        sorry for all the questions – thank you for such informative posts :)

        • Aj,

          1st, welcome soon to Europe!

          2nd, how much will stuff cost you for pottery? That is a loaded question! Bakers can go from $35 up to over $100 it all depends what kind of pattern you get and sizes. Dinner plates from $10 up to over $30. Pitchers/tea pots/platters it is the same depending on size and pattern. You need to be saving $$$ not pennies as it is cheaper to get them here compared to the US but when you are looking at buying that much as one time it is not going to be cheap.

          As for holiday patterns and items that is hit or miss but you will defiantly find more of a selection during that holiday time. The prices for them are the same as any other pattern.

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