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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

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.

Polish Style Fried Chicken

Ingredients:

12-14 de-skinned (optional) chicken legs, cooked

1/2 tsp granulated garlic

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups bread crumbs

Salt, pepper to taste

1 cup vegetable oil

For broth:

2 quarts water

4 large pealed carrots

1/2 onion

bay leaf

salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

Put de-skinned (optional) chicken legs in a large pot cover it with, about 2 quarts of water.

Add bay leaf, salt and pepper to taste. Add 4 large pealed carrots and 1/2 onion.

Cook it for 1 hour over medium heat.

Take out chicken legs from the broth and cool them down.

In a medium bowl whip eggs with salt, pepper, and granulated garlic.

Pour 1 1/2 cups of bread crumbs in a separate bowl.

Heat approximately 1 cup of vegetale oil on a nonstick pan. After about 2 min lower the heat to medium.

One by one dip chicken legs into the eggs mixture then roll in bread crumbs.

Place one drumstick at a time in hot oil (fits about 7 drumsticks).

Fry chicken on one side for 4 minutes or until crust is golden then turn each chicken leg over and fry on the other side for about 3 minutes or until golden.

 

The following dish can be found at www.artisanimports.com

Polish Pottery Stoneware fork                    Polish Pottery Stoneware platter

Blueberry Cake – 4th of July

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine or butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 large eggs

cooking spray

1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Frosting:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/2 cups icing sugar

Garnish:

1/2 cup blueberries

1 cup strawberries cut in stripes

Preparation – Cake:

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Combine flour, baking powder in a medium bowl.

3. Place sugar and margarine or butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended, about 2-3 minutes.

4. Add vanilla,

5. Add eggs, one by one. Beat well.

 6. Add flour mixture.

7. Spoon the batter into a 9×7-inch baking pan (or slightly bigger) coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with 1 1/2 cup blueberries.

8. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

9. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

10. For the frosting, mix the butter and cream cheese until creamy smooth.

11. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla.

12. Add icing sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high speed until frosting is smooth.

13. Spread on cooled cake.

14. Decorate with blueberries and strawberries.

 

The following dishes can be found at www.artisanimports.com

Polish Pottery Stoneware rectangular baker  Polish Pottery Stoneware bowl  Polish Pottery Stoneware rectangular baker

Potato Salad With Dill Pickles

Ingredients:

2 lbs. potatoes (5 – 6 medium), cut into 3/4-inch chunks

1/2 medium onion, chopped

8 hard-cooked eggs, chopped 

5 dill pickles, diced (I use Claussen pickles because they are always crunchy and garlicky)

1 1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

Preparation:

1. Put washed potatoes with the skin in 4-quart pot; cover them with water (about 2 quarts) and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and cool. Peel the skin off and dice.

2. In a large bowl combine mayonnaise, salt, and pepper. Add potatoes, onion, pickles, and eggs and mix well. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Garnish:

Parsley

 

The following dish can be found at www.artisanimports.com

Polish Pottery Stoneware scalloped bowl

CERAMIKA ARTYSTYCZNA SCALLOPED BOWL

Stuck-on Foods: You Don’t Stand a Chance on my Polish Pottery!

If you’re like me, you love experimenting with food & creating dishes, but dread the cleanup… that’s why cooking with Polish pottery is such a dream — not only is it beautiful and colorful, but it can take a beating and still clean up like brand new!  Because of it’s special glazing process, sticky food comes right off — and it’s dishwasher safe, so I just put my plates in the dishwasher and spend only a small amount of time cleaning my serving dishes… which, by the way, were the very same dishes I used to cook my main dish, whether it was potroast for the family, a casserole, or even the Thanksgiving turkey.

Baking with Polish stoneware is really better than using any other baking dishes, including glass, because it distributes the heat to your food more evenly and gradually — think about your high-quality pizza stones, but drenched in color and coated with a non-stick glaze.  It’s cookware that makes cooking a joy — it’s easy to use, you feel great about setting it on the table and you no longer dread the cleanup!