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Polish Pottery Open House in Maisprach/BL

When we meet another expat in or around Basel, it’s probably natural to assume they work for one of the big pharmaceutical companies, as so many of course do. But some expats have their own businesses here. Two such people are Karim Schlegel and Martha Gaio who together run Polish Pottery in Maisprach, Baselland near Rheinfelden.

Some of Polish Pottery's range

A small collection

Karim Schlegel and Martha Gaio had long been fans of Polish pottery when the opportunity arose to take over the exclusive Swiss distributorship for the most acclaimed ceramics manufacturer in Poland, Ceramika Artystyczna. This is one of four workshops or collectives that produce ceramics in Boleslawiec, Poland and is world-renowned for quality and design.

The stoneware is handcrafted and hand decorated by artists using small sponges to stamp each pattern and color individually. Not only do certified Master artists train apprentice artists but they also produce “Unikat” (Unique) or “Signature” (artist signed) pieces. These exquisite pieces are labor-intensive and therefore, limited in supply. Since all of the pieces, both regular and “unikat” are hand crafted, each vary in design, pattern and color. Ceramika Artystyczna was founded in 1950 and has been making award-winning ceramics for over 50 years.

Polish stoneware is beautiful and functional and is designed for everyday use in your kitchen and throughout your home. The pottery comes in a variety of designs and colors, all of which complement each other well. A uniform color palette in the various patterns allows the collector to easily mix and match patterns. All their pottery is dishwasher safe and can be used in both conventional and microwave ovens.

Martha and Karim state that their goal is to provide premium quality products in a wide variety of choices with individual personalized service. They welcome any comments or suggestions you may have about their products, website or service and are holding a series of Open Days at their new location in Maispach for you to have a look at their large selection of standard shapes and designs, as well as some new forms and patterns. All special orders will be ready for pick-up.

You are invited to visit on the following dates:
Saturday, 18 October 2008 from 10.00-13.00
Wednesday, 22 October 2008 from 14.00-17.00
Thursday, 23 October 2008 from 09.00-12.00

If those dates are inconvenient you can call Martha for an appointment on 078 774 05 47 or use their contact form to ask any questions.

Directions are available on their website.

Karim Schlegel and Martha Gaio
Polish Pottery
Klostergasse 7

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