Polish Pottery Direct is excited to bring you a beautiful collection of Polish pottery from Boleslawiec, Poland. There are a number of Polish pottery manufacturers in Boleslawiec today, but one in particular produces outstanding stoneware, both in quality and beauty, Ceramika Artystyczna. Every piece of Polish pottery sold on this website includes a first quality sticker on the bottom, so you know you are receiving authentic Ceramika Artystyczna pottery. History of Polish Pottery Boleslawiec has long been home to stoneware producers and is known for its white clay excellent for pottery-making. Its pottery was famous on the European markets for both its usefulness and artistic value. During World War II, 80% of the numerous plants were destroyed and their machines and equipment lost. In the 1950s, Ceramika Artystyczna was founded and production of Polish pottery began. New patterns for the ceramics were developed. The plant had its own designers and a unique artistic technique that represented local tradition, as well as the trends of contemporary design. Ceramika Artystyczna has continued developing its unique designs for the last 50 years. Today the plant continues to produce its unique stoneware and has an ever growing market in Europe and North America. The stoneware is fired at high temperatures to increase durability and maintain a high standard of usefulness in contemporary settings. The unique beauty and everyday functionality of each piece makes Polish Pottery a superior addition to modern enthusiasts. Polish Pottery Care Instructions Despite its stunning beauty, Ceramika Artystyczna's Polish pottery is very durable, and can be used and enjoyed every day. Firing temperatures exceeding 2450 F account for the durability of this pottery. The glaze results in an ultra-smooth finish for easy cleaning. It is lead- and cadmium-free and safe for use in freezer, oven, microwave and dishwasher. It is non-toxic and resists scratching and chipping. To ensure even heat distribution and prevent cracking, it is recommended that a small amount of liquid be added to a baker if the entire bottom surface is not covered. Do not use polish pottery to bake at temperatures exceeding 400 F. Pottery should not be placed on direct heat such as a stove top or grill. Pottery that has been frozen should be brought to room temperature before being put in the oven.