If you didn’t already know my family and I love food! We are either eating, talking about food or watching cooking programmes. Once the preparation and cooking is complete, then comes the  plating-up. Good food is sexy food, so it deserves to be presented well. I was pleased to be contacted by Polmedia and made aware of their lovely Polish hand-painted stoneware. It was just time for the Summer too. The festive beauty of  the plate I received really made the simplest treats so special. The design and intricacy of the hand painted decorations on Polmedia’s pottery and stoneware are unique and breathtakingly stunning. Winter Summer or Autumn the stoneware of Polmedia is never out of style.

The story:

Polish pottery, as we know it today, began as folk art hundreds of years ago in the German province of Silesia. It originated in a small German town named Bunzlau, which is now the Polish city of Boleslawiec (pronounced “bol-les-slavi-etz”). Located on the Bobr River in Southwest Poland, Boleslawiec is the exclusive spot where this traditional ceramic art is produced. 

The first pieces of “Bunzlauer” stoneware date back to the 1500’s, however the area has a history pottery making as early as the 7th century. Farmers would often make this pottery in the winter when it was too cold for outside work. The first examples of this stoneware were crafted by hand, decorated using potatoes as stamps and then glazed with a chocolate colored material.

Polish pottery is created from white clay that is found only in the Boleslawiec region of Poland. The pottery is fired in coal and gas ovens at temperatures in excess of 2200 degrees Fahrenheit with a glaze that is lead and cadmium free. Polish pottery is known for it’s versatility in that it is safe for use in the dishwasher, microwave, freezer and oven. Also, Polish Pottery is resilient to abrasives making it durable and resistant to scratching or chipping. It is this combination of function and beauty that makes Polish pottery so appealing.

Caring for Polish Potter:

– dishware and microwave safe

– oven-safe up to 480 degrees

– lead and cadmium free

– very easy to clean

– durable and intended for everyday use

 

Polmedia Polish stoneware plate

ladybirds & flowers hand painted Polish stoneware plate

 

The stoneware plate I received has a sweet motif of flowers and ladybirds: a few of my favourite things in nature. It’s dimensions: 7.6″ x 1.1″ x 7.6″  and  weights 0.85 lbs.  Its the perfect size for a light breakfast, elevenses treat or presenting a side dish to a meal.  I’ve already it used it a few times. It’s been cleaned in the dishwasher and microwaved once. My plate is perfectly in tact. Click Here to see the details for my plate.

Just to let you know, Polmedia already have their Christmas collection which includes pendants, candle holders, ornaments and more. Kindly visit the Polmedia website for information on their products and shipping information.

 

Note: this is not a sponsored review however I was sent the plate to trial for the purpose of this review.

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