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An Army wife's guide to Polish pottery

August 5, 2013


Photo by Jessica Jacobs, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs

Before your time in Germany comes to an end, make a trip to Boleslawiec, Poland for a unique pottery shopping experience. Former community member Eliza Fletcher compiled a list of must see shops that are worth your visit.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — As I start unpacking my household goods in our new home, I look back on my time in Schweinfurt and loved how easy a quick trip to Boleslawiec was for famed Polish pottery. I have put together a few tips and tricks for a smooth and successful trip.

The drive from Schweinfurt to Boleslawiec takes approximately five hours, allowing you to pass through Dresden, Germany. Take this opportunity to enjoy a historic eastern German city and fill up your gas tank. There is an Esso gas station right in town, which makes this stop convenient before heading onward into Poland.

Once at your final destination, be sure to use the parking directly available in front of the shops or a nearby fenced in parking lot. Now the great shopping begins! All the stores that I have visited accept euro, dollars and credit cards although everything is marked in the polish zloty. A fun and easy guide that I use when trying to convert prices from zloty into euro is to divide by three and when converting into dollars, divide by four.

When choosing your favorite pieces remember to look on the bottom or back of each item. There you will find information about the quality of the dish. Below you will see a table explaining what each category, or CAT, means and how they should be used, along with a list of my top shops.

Remember, when traveling to be aware of your surroundings and don’t be a target. If it doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t.

Polish Pottery Categories:

  • CAT 1: Dishwasher and oven safe, highest quality.
  • CAT 2: Dishwasher safe, may have decorative flaws.
  • CAT 3 and 4: Best for decoration piece, not ideal for food.
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Zaklady Ceramiczne

Phone number:

(+48)757322736

Address

11, Kościuszki St.
59-700 Bolesławiec

Website

http://www.ceramicboleslawiec.com.pl/en/index.php

Speaks English?

Available Parking?

Currency

USD, Euro, Credit Card

Ceramika Artystyczna

Phone number:

(+48)757324051

Address

23, Spółdzielnia Rękodzieła Artystycznego
ul. Kościuszki
59-700 Bolesławiec

Website

http://www.ceramika-artystyczna.com/

Speaks English?

Available Parking?

Currency

USD, Euro, Credit Card

Andy’s

Address

111 A, Tomaszow
59-700 Bolesławiec

Website

http://www.ceramikaandy.nazwa.pl/en_index.php?s=en_firma

Speaks English?

Available Parking?

Currency

USD, Euro, Credit Card

Henry’s

Address

1, Masarska
59-700 Bolesławiec

Speaks English?

Available Parking?

Currency

USD, Euro, Credit Card

Note:

Henry's also has has great wicker products.

Millena Pottery

Address

108, Parzyce
59-730 Nowogrodziec

Website

http://www.ceramikamillena.pl/

Speaks English?

Available Parking?

Currency

USD, Euro


Story by Eliza Fletcher, former USAG Schweinfurt community member

Editors Note: Eliza Fletcher is a former Schweinfurt community member. Her husband was assigned to the 1st Squdron, 91st Cavalry Regiment. The information on this page, nor the accompanying external hyperlinks, does not constitute endorsement by the U.S. Army or the information, products, or services contained therein.



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