How Does Polish Pottery Fit with Amish Furniture?
People often ask us how Polish Pottery fits in with our business of Amish furniture. It’s a great question!
In the springtime of 2017, the store owner was on a long weekend in Amish country, Holmes County OH, where all of our furniture is built. While enjoying his leisure time, he and his wife visited several Polish Pottery shops. Recognizing its popularity in our furniture region, we decided to introduce Polish Pottery to our store that May.
Probably the biggest difference is that the pottery is imported, while we proudly advertise that our furniture is all made in the USA. Even though we see lots of imported junk furniture here in America, there is plenty of high-quality furniture made all around the world. But when it comes to wood furniture, there is a major advantage to selecting wood that grew near your geographical location. Wood is still alive, and can react to temperature, humidity, and so on, so it’s best to use wood products in a similar climate to where the tree grew.
Ceramics, on the other hand, are not nearly as reactive to their environment, so the high-quality clay that naturally occurs in Poland is some of the best available, no matter where you use it. The clay fields in Boleslawiec produce a stoneware that is naturally high in silicon and feldspar. Records indicate that pottery has been made in this region since perhaps as early as the 7th century, but it was during the late 19th century and into the 20th century when modern techniques and styles were developed.
One of the biggest similarities between our Amish furniture and Polish Pottery is that both are handmade by skilled artisans. The Polish Pottery patterns are individually painted using hand-carved sponges. The other big similarity is that our Polish Pottery is durable enough for daily use with proper care, just like our furniture. Polish Pottery is dishwasher-safe, microwave-safe, oven-safe, and freezer-safe.
What’s your favorite thing about our Polish Pottery?