One of the major influences at Pas Par Tou is the extensive line of Polish Pottery that we carry.Many of our Customers come to our shop solely for our Unique Collection of Pottery and the New Patterns that we introduce.
While other customers have many questions as to the process by which the pottery is created, the patterns, and how to set a table using the pieces that Pas Par Tou showcases.
Through several articles we will walk you through the process, perhaps enticing you to explore the mastery and artisan craftsmanship behind this beautiful stoneware.
Ever wonder about the origins of this beautiful pottery? The perfect high shine glaze, the intricate patterns, the timeless elegance and craftsmanship that only Polish Pottery offers, we are going to go into a little bit of detail as to the process behind the Artistry of Polish Pottery and the levels of perfection one must attain to be truly "Unique"
Polish pottery is created from bisque colored clay that is found only in the Boleslawiec region of Poland. The clay is rougher in texture than a clay used for porcelain and fires at high temperatures to create true stoneware.
Liquid clay is poured into molds, allowed to dry and then removed from the mold.
A clay worker then takes a piece and cuts away any excess clay.
The clay is smoothed and sponged to remove imperfections, ensuring that the finished pieces sit flush with the tabletop and have no blemishes.
The pottery is allowed to dry over-night in drying rooms.
The pottery is then fired in a large kiln at 850 degrees where it hardens to stone and the clay becomes a soft white bisque
The pieces are now reading for hand painting, sponging and decorating.
The plain bisque white pieces are hand painted and glazed with color. The artisans that work on the pottery are classically trained in the art. Highly detailed, precise designs are placed on each piece of pottery. The process is done by placing each piece on a wheel that slowly rotates. The design is stamped and hand painted in a circular motion to insure uniformity. Every piece created will be just slightly different due to the nature of the process. Polish Artisans are highly skilled at their craft, sometimes taking hours to complete a large piece with the complex patterns.They strive for perfection, avoiding smudging and pattern imperfections
Colors are laid out for easy access while painting and stamping
Once removed from the kiln, the pieces have the beautiful, vibrant colors that Polish Pottery is known for. Each piece goes through a quality check, pieces with imperfections will be returned to the process and corrected. This is how that superior "high shine" glaze is produced that sets Polish Pottery apart from other types of Stoneware.