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We Would Like to Welcome Everyone to Come Visit our Retail Store Located within Our Giant Warehouse

We Would Like to Welcome Everyone to Come Visit our Retail Store Located within our Giant Warehouse in Seguin, Texas

Polmedia Polish Pottery Retail Store

Come visit our retail location in Seguin, Texas

We’re a little off the beaten patch, so the following are directions on how to get to our warehouse

Here's a map of Polmedia Polish Pottery in Seguin, Texas

Here’s a map of Polmedia Polish Pottery in Seguin, Texas

Directions from San Antonio:

Take I-10 East to Hwy 46 (Take the 607 exit)
Turn right on Hwy 46
Follow Hwy 46 to 467
Turn right on 467
The first left will be Still Meadow Rd.
Turn left on Still Meadow Rd
Polmedia Polish Pottery will be on the left

Directions from Houston:

Take I-10 West to Hwy 46 (Take the 607 exit)
Turn left on Hwy 46
Follow Hwy 46 to 467
Turn right on 467
The first left will be Still Meadow Rd.
Turn left on Still Meadow Rd
Polmedia Polish Pottery will be on the left

Directions from New Braunfels:

Take Hwy 46 towards Seguin
Continue on Hwy 46 through Seguin until you reach 467
Turn right on 467
The first left will be Still Meadow Rd.
Turn left on Still Meadow Rd
Polmedia Polish Pottery will be on the left

olmedia Polish Pottery Retail Store

Polmedia Polish Pottery Retail Store

Texas Hill Country Wineries Reviews – Blue Lotus Winery

Texas Hill Country Wineries Reviews (part 1)


Blue Lotus Winery

 

Hill Country Wineries Reviews - Blue Lotus Winery

Hill Country Wineries Reviews                                   Blue Lotus Winery, Seguin, Texas 

Nestled in the Hill Country, off the beaten path, rests Blue Lotus Winery.  This gorgeous winery lies just beyond the outskirts of Seguin on FM 20. If you’re looking to escape for a day, walking the beautiful vineyards filled with grape vines, roses, and lavender plants while sipping exquisite wine, is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

 

 

 

 

                                                                                    Wine & Mead, A Family Business

Hill Country Wineries Reviews

Blue Lotus Winery offers a great selection of house-brewed wines and meads.

Blue Lotus Winery is owned and operated by Michael and Melissa Poole (and unofficially run by their two little daughters).  Michael began brewing beers when he got out of the Navy which turned into a deep love and passion for wine and mead.  Though the Pooles offer a variety of wines at Blue Lotus Winery, they grow and craft most of the wines offered here themselves onsite.  The tasting room is open Thursday – Sunday from 12 pm – 5 pm (a perfect ending to a morning spent at Polmedia Polish Pottery and Stoneware.  In addition to a wonderful afternoon spent in the Hill Country, Blue Lotus Winery offers a Wine Club and monthly events including dinners and festivals.  Details can be found on their website.

Weddings, Parties, & Special Events

The Gallery at Blue Lotus Winery

Melissa getting the Gallery ready for a 5-course dinner to be hosted that evening.

Blue Lotus Winery offers event hosting in their gorgeous Gallery, Tasting Room, & Vineyard.  Tucked between rows of stunning grape vines is a gazebo that would make a gorgeous place to say I do.  Inside the winery is the Tasting Room, offering seating for 50, this gorgeous room is filled with floor to ceiling windows looking out into the beautiful gardens.  The Gallery is a beautiful surprise, it has elegant seating available for 80 around banquet style tables, but the really fascinating aspect to this room is the artwork adorning the walls.  Michael’s grandfather painted these stunning works of art.  They are absolutely incredible and painted with exceptional skill.  He actually painted with Norman Rockwell (yes you read that right, the Norman Rockwell).  There aren’t any pictures of the paintings in this post, to see those beauties you are going to have to make the trip for yourself.

 

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Beautiful Roses at Blue Lotus Winery

Winery

Gorgeous Grapevines

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More Grapevines

Grapevines at Blue Lotus Winery

Wonderful rows of grapevines in the vineyard.

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The beautiful vineyard at Blue Lotus Winery

Blue Lotus Winery

Pergola in the Vineyard

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Say I do.

Tasting room at blue lotus winery

The Tasting Room

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Wines made on site.

Blue Lotus Winery

Housemade Meads

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Wine and Meads at Blue Lotus Winery

Large Selection

Large Selection

Wine :)

Wine 🙂

Wine, wine, everywhere

Wine, wine, everywhere

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More information about Hill Country Wineries Reviews and the history of Texas Wines can be found here.

 

Hisotry of Boleslawiec Polish Pottery

The History of Boleslawiec Polish Pottery and Stoneware

Courtesy of http://www.artisanimports.com

Courtesy of http://www.artisanimports.com

If you have ever wondered about how the famed town of Boleslawiec began producing the exquisite Polish Pottery of today, you need to start several thousand ago. The remarkable pottery created by artisans in Boleslawiec has roots dating back to at least 6,000 B.C. The story of Boleslawiec Polish Pottery is both an interesting and triumphant one.  The potters of this town and region have had to overcome immense setbacks, but they have always prevailed and exist as one of the most famous producers of pottery in the world.

 

Stroke-Ornamented Ware Culture 

History of Boleslawiec Polish Pottery

Stroke Ornamented Ware Culture

 

 Archaeologists have found evidence of earlier cultures settled in this area, cultures such as the Linear Band Ware Culture, but we will begin with the Stoke-Ornamented Ware Culture, (also called Stichbandkeramik in German, or STK for short). Pottery found from this culture dates back over 7,000 years. Though they were spread throughout Germany, Poland, Austria, and the Czech Republic, STK culture was centered within the Silesia Region in Poland (just like Boleslawiec!). STK earned its name from the German archaeologists studying their pottery. These vessels were generally pear shaped with a large band around the top of the vessel. The name derives from the strokes used to decorate the pots.  The strokes were used to form a pattern of contiguous A’s around the vessel. Evidence also shows that the pottery from this region was more advanced than nearby cultures of the time. Additionally, the surfaces of these vessels were shiny, indicating that they may have been using some type of glaze on these pots when they were fired.

The structure found at Gosek.

The structure found at Gosek.

A really interesting side note about the STK culture is that there was a structure found at Gosek (located south of Berlin) that could be described as a wooden version of Stonehenge. It was likely used to observe the course of the sun in order to calculate a lunar calendar. Evidence of fire, human and animal remains as well as a decapitated skeleton can be found at this structure suggesting sacrifices (both human and animal) may have taken place here!

 

Corded Ware Culture

The Hisotry of Boleslawiec Polish Pottery

Corded Ware Culture

Following the STK culture was the Corded Ware Culture living from around 3200 BC to around 1800 BC and spanning across parts of Germany and all of what is present-day Poland. The pottery produced by this culture was tan or brown and decorated with bands of dots around the surface. The vessels were either beaker-shaped or large round pots called Amphoras.

 

 

The Pomerelian Face Urn Culture

History of Polish Pottery

Pomerelian Face Urn Culture

 Around 500 BC, during the Iron Age, came the Pomerelian Face Urn Culture.  Their pottery featured male faces around the neck of the vessel and a bulbous base representing the human torso. These burial urns had hat-lids decorated with solar motifs. In many cases, small bronze earrings were placed on the pottery. Each urn had separate facial characteristics and there was often a hunting scene or even a chariot race painted on each vessel.

The Middle Ages

Following the dark ages, pottery from the early middle ages has been found in Boleslawiec dating from around 600 AD when the town was called Boleslawice. Boleslawiec itself was established in 1202, it was then a German town named Bunslau (this is why the pottery is sometimes referred to as Bunslau pottery). Boleslawiec is still known today for its excellent naturally found stoneware. The people of the middle ages were privy to this and historical records from 1380 speak of a Potter from Boleslawiec. Unfortunately, in 1492 the town was nearly decimated by the Hussite Wars. Thankfully, the town was rebuilt and the first pottery Guild was formed in 1511. Pottery dating from this era contains the signatures of the master craftsmen who created them. This may be viewed as a precursor to Unikat pieces.

 

Pottery for Royalty

Boleslawiec was one again nearly destroyed, this time by the Thirty Year War lasting from 1618 to 1648.   The town went from 600 residents to 80. Once again, Boleslawiec was rebuilt by its potters and began making pottery for royalty around 1650, this reputation for excellent pottery spread throughout Europe in the 1700s.

 

The Beginning of the Modern Boleslawiec Tradition

Hisotry of Boleslawiec Polish Pottery

6′ tall pot created by Johann Gottlieb Joppe. A replica still sits in the town square today. Photo may found at http://www.ceramicboleslawiec.com.pl/

 In 1753, potters of the area built a 6 foot tall clay pot which became the symbol for Boleslawiec, a replica of this pot still rests in the town square today. At this time, the pottery produced in Boleslawiec was made of a brown clay body called earthenware and covered with brown glaze. Additionally, all of the pottery was created on the potter’s wheel. This is much different than the pottery produced today. The pottery made in modern Boleslawiec is in large part a result of the efforts of Johann Gottlieb Altman. He introduced reusable molds to the region and began using a different clay body, known as stoneware. Stoneware is white like porcelain and far more durable than earthenware.  Also, he porbably saved lives by introducing glazes made with the element Feldspar rather than continuing to use glazes made with lead.

The Famous Peacock Pattern

Peacock Pattern Polish Pottery

Peacock pattern in Royal Blue

 

Potters wanted to attract the favour of royalty and nobility to ensure they would have continued income, this lead to the famous peacock pattern as well as the royal blue color that Polish Pottery is most widely known for. Male peacocks have historically been a symbol of wealth and royalty in Europe, because of this, ceramic artists began basing their design motifs on the patterning of the male peacock, specifically their beautiful tails. The swirling designs found in this pattern are a direct correlation to the peacock’s tail.

 

The Great War

 

Boleslawiec Polish Pottery

Bunzlauer Braunzeug Pottery

Boleslawiec artists formed the Professional School of Ceramics in 1897. The area was so famous for its pottery that Dr. Wilhelm Pukall left his position as technical director for the Royal Manufacture of Porcelain in Berlin to become the school’s first headmaster. Unfortunately, war once again tore through Boleslawiec during WWI. After the war ended in 1936, a cooperative consisting of six guilds was formed. This, however, was a step farther away from the pottery produced in Boleslawiec today. Bunzlauer Braunzeug, as the cooperative was called, was named for the town of Boleslawiec (the German town of Bunzlauer, the alternative name for Boleslawiec) and the color brown. The pottery emerging at this time was typical of the pottery created before Johann Gottlieb Altman came along and revolutionized the pottery of this region. It was brown with white decorations. This continued until WWII.

 

World War II to Present

 Boleslawiec is only 50 miles from Germany and 80% of the manufacturers were destroyed during WWII. In 1950, however, the State Committee of Economic Planning commissioned the Centre of the Folk and Artistic Industry to rebuild the ceramics industry of Boleslawiec. There was a closed plant that was still standing after the war, called Julius Paul and Son. This is where Ceramika Artystyczna (Artistic Ceramics) started the first post-war factory making Boleslawiec Polish Pottery. At first they only made vases, but by the next year they were stamping and hand-painting dinnerware, and by 1954 they were a full cooperative with 45 employees. In 2000, Ceramika Artystyczna had over 230 employees and offered hundreds of patterns. This paved the way for the numerous other family businesses and cooperatives that exist in Boleslaweic today.

Boleslaweic Pottery

Ceramika Artystyczna’s artists in 2000.

The history of Boleslawiec is truly incredible.  To know what it took for the artists of Boleslawiec to exist today is fascinating. The ceramic artists of this region have proven to be strong-willed, resilient, and guided by what seems to be a desire and a calling to create beauty. Owning a piece of Polish Pottery is like owning a piece of history and perseverance; a piece of triumph over devastation, and of course, a piece of exquisite beauty.

Boleslawiec Pottery & Dinnerware

    The beauty of modern day Boleslawiec Pottery

 

 

You can find Boleslawiec Stoneware & Dinnerware at Polmedia Polish Pottery.