2.24.2013

Discover: More Polish Pottery

I became acquainted with More Polish Pottery a few months ago and have been following their Facebook page ever since. They import Polish, high-quality ceramic wares featuring a traditional, hand-painted blue and white patterns with added splashes of color. The ceramic is sturdy (freezer, dishwasher, and oven safe) without being overly heavy to handle.

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
When you turn over a piece of pottery you will be able to identify three main pieces of information on the bottom: the ink stamp with manufacturer and place of manufacture, a label with the full address and information for the manufacturer, information identifying More Polish Pottery as the importer, and a bar code for the price.

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!