I finally took a drive over to their shop in Big Rock, Illinois, today. Big Rock is about 25 minutes Northwest of Oswego, Illinois and five minutes West of Sugar Grove, Illinois. After a leisurely drive through rolling country roads on an unseasonally (but welcome!) warm and sunny Sunday, we arrived at the farm and shop.
We got to meet the owner and founder Rebecca Gengler right away. Rebecca welcomed us, walked us over to her showroom, and offered a small tour and introduction to Polish pottery. She also offered to show us around the greenhouse that serves as warehouse.
The showroom is in the throes of expansion as the business grows, and currently offers a well-stocked room full and a half of every type, shape, and size of Polish pottery goodness for your kitchen, cooking, and serveware needs.
|my new pieces from More Polish Pottery|
I treated myself to the peach blossom small cup (perfect size for Keurig machines, says Rebecca), teaspoon, butter knife, and then found a lovely yellow and blue patterned teabag dish as well.
More Polish Pottery came to be as Rebecca and her husband, who resided in Germany for some time, used to travel to Poland often, enjoying some of their ceramic serveware souvenirs to entertain at home. After many positive comments and her own growing interest in educating others about the virtues of Polish pottery, Rebecca decided to open her own company upon their return to the States.
Polish pottery is said to be non-stick and resilient to cracks, chips, and stains. These days, as we're concerned about what we use to cook our food (such as teflon and plastics), I think that ceramic bakeware is an excellent alternative. Each piece is different and unique, the pattern is a sponge/hand-stamp design that adds a unique charm and beauty. The items Rebecca carries in her shop are produced by Ceramika Artystyczna in Boleslawiec, Poland. She provided me a company information postcard and her business card as she was packing up my goodies.
Rebecca loves to offer educational events, including private group presentations about polish pottery or her startup experience, and is also open to wholesale opportunities.
If you are in the area and collect/enjoy hand made unique pottery and ceramics for your kitchen, it's well worth your time to check out More Polish Pottery. I'm sure glad we stopped by!