Rustic flowery patterns or the world-famous motif of peacock's eye are the trademarks of potteries of Boleslawiec. Visit the Polish town dubbed into "the Ceramics City" to find out where the global popularity of stoneware of Boleslawiec has its origins. Stimulate your imagination at the Living Museum of Pottery at Manufatktura. Rest at the castles of Kliczkow or Grodziec after the unique adventure experienced in the world of ceramics.
The Boleslawiec town of Lower Silesia
is where hundreds of thousands of stoneware sets are hand-manufactured yearly to find their owners in all corners of the world. An inspiring trip to this charming town at the Polish-German Border, where the earliest evidence of pottery found reaches the 7th century
, requires a participation in a whole-day tour from Krakow
, full of visual stimuli you will not forget.
Throughout the trip, you will be invited to the city's Museum of Ceramics
and the Living Museum of Pottery at "Manufaktura" factory
, with the guided tour encompassing the history of the plant and the process of manufacture of its stoneware vessels in a complex and informative way. Witnessing the casting of each form, watching each vessel individually fired or skilfully decorated
, make the pupils of each visitor dilated at the visual pleasure the view provides. Still, it is only the first step to the most engaging part of the visit – the workshops
. One- or two-hour lasting sessions will let you cover the pieces of Boleslawiec-made pottery with decorative patterns under professional guidance.
Extended training courses
(of one- or three-day duration) will teach you how to form a vessel from clay with your own-adorned work sent as a gift after it has been fired, while child visitors will enjoy the "Young Potter"
activities. If you are lucky enough to visit Boleslawiec during the last week of August, you may also attend the Boleslawiec Festival of Ceramics
, where the outstanding potteries of the region put their stoneware on display to win the prestigious title of the representative of the local industry.
Boleslawiec provides the best opportunity to purchase ceramic gifts as original souvenirs from your stay in Poland
, with the shop adjoined to Manufaktura, Andy's or Henry's Polish Pottery Shops, offering the widest range of stoneware. After you visit the museum and start exploring the pottery venues of the town, you will also be able to sightsee Boleslawiec itself – a beautiful fortified town
with well-preserved Gothic and Renaissance architecture
around its main square or a number of traditional Polish restaurants operating there. On the way back to Krakow, the optional visits to the castle of Kliczkow
will add a more historical dimension to the tour.
Interested in visiting the magical potteries of Bolesławiec? Contact us to have the tour arranged!