Christmas Ornaments: Blown-glass Made in Poland
Modern Edward Bar Blown-glass Christmas Ornaments
Pre-world war II Polish Christmas Ornament
Vintage Traditional Polish Pinecone Ornament
The Tradition of Polish Blown-glass Christmas Tree Ornaments
Polish craftsmen have made glass articles since the 10th century, archaeological and written records show. However, blown-glass Christmas ornaments are a relatively recent creation. Initially, Polish glass makers produced practical goods and stained-glass windows. German glass ornaments began to appear in affluent Polish homes in the mid-1800s.
The Polish glass industry surged from the late 19th century until the 1930s with blown-glass ornaments manufactured. It managed to continue throughout partitions of Poland by neighboring states, but was devastated by two world wars. Changing heads of state and Communism led to modified traditions as well as fluctuating supplies of not only luxury items, but those necessary for daily living.
Resurgence of the Polish Glass Industry
After WWII, some glass workshops began producing as early as 1945, but were subject to Communist economic regulations along with religious restrictions. These controlled numbers of workers, imports and exports, and celebrations of religious holidays meant few or no Christmas ornaments.
The Revolutions of 1989 and the end of Polish Communism began a resurgence of a free-market economy and growth of workshops that struggled throughout the previous five decades. This free-market economy also generated establishment of more small workshops.
Very old Polish glass ornaments, if one can find them outside of museums, have a tradition and reputation for quality, design, artistic imagination, and craftsmanship. Some are hand-strung using rods and spheres leading to ornaments geometric and symmetrical in appearance. The glass-molded or mouth-blown and hand-decorated ones are very delicate art treasures. Modern Polish workshops uphold these traditions. Without government restrictions and sanctions they bring their craft to an avid and sophisticated world market.
Polish Blown-glass Christmas Ornaments
New Beginnings for Polish Crafts
Polish blown-glass ornaments are usually made in small family-owned workshops or in larger American-commissioned manufacturing workshops like Christopher Radko and Kurt S. Adler's Polonaise line by Komozja. The small shops as well as as the larger ones are labor-intensive because of the handwork involved. Finished products are usually elegant products that shine with jewel-like radiance. Retail prices represent design effort along with manual handwork.
Where are Polish Blown-glass Ornament Workshops?
Polish blown-glass Christmas ornaments are generally manufactured in the southern part of the country. These modern workshops and manufacturers are localized found in the Czestochowa and Krakow regions.
According to The Poland Import Export Chamber Of Commerce Online, blown-glass Christmas ornaments from Poland are second in the world market for number sold and in first position for quality. Families and collectors value the ornaments for high quality, traditional artwork and unique decorations.
The Sukiennice building - Cloth Hall - in the Krakow Old Town Market Place is one of the best places to buy glass-blown ornaments. Unfortunately, the buyer must also carry them home.
Krakow Christmas Market - 2012 - Christmas in Poland
How To Make a Polish Blown-glass Christmas Ornament - These are simple steps. Every manufacturer varies. These photos were made in the workshop of Edward Bar .Click thumbnail to view full-size
Edward Bar Blown-glass Ornaments Made in Poland
Here are internet sites where Edward Bar's traditional Polish ornaments may be bought. Please, readers if you find more shops that sell Bar ornaments, let me know.
- Christmas Ornaments, Special Collections items in Edward Bar store on eBay!
Buy Edward Bar, Christmas Ornaments items on eBay. Find a huge selection of Special Collections items and get what you want today.Edward Bar items - Get great deals on Christmas Ornaments, Special Collections items on eBay Stores!
- Polish Art Center
Order a wide selection of Bar ornaments through the internet or by telephone from this small Polish import shop located in downtown Hamtramck, Michigan.
Polish Blown-glass Ornaments Illustrating Customs, Traditions and FolkloreClick thumbnail to view full-size
Polish Blown-glass Ornaments: Internet Sites for Manufacture, Wholesale and Retail Distribution
It pays to check for the attribution "Made in Poland" if you are serious about collecting Polish glass-blown ornaments. There are ornaments for sale that are marked as "European-style Glass Ornaments," "Traditional Glass Ornaments," and "Old World Quality Ornaments - to cite just a few descriptions - that are made in other European countries as well as Hong Kong and China.
- Traditional Glass Christmas Ornaments Manufactured By Impuls
IMPULS began in January 1986, with founders Dariusz and Ewa Kowalczyk and three other workers. In 2000, the Kowalczyks, with a staff of eighty, opened the doors of their new factory building in Czestochowa. Stores such as T. J. Maxx and Tuesday Morni
- Selection of Komozja Polish Glass Ornaments
Komozja is the Mostowski family's successful business enterprise and state-of-the-art glassworks in Czestochowa. It was begun in 1945 shortly after the end of World War II. The business is now operated by the 3rd generstion. Komozja has American comm
- Polart - Poland by Mail
Polish Art - Poland by Mail is located in Sarasota, FL. An abundance of Christmas-themed arts and crafts including a selection of glass and straw ornaments.
- Bonners Christmas Ornaments
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland is located in Frankenmuth, MI. Various styes of Polish made glass ornaments as well as thousands of other Christmas items.
- Christopher Radko Ornaments
The wildly popular and expensive Christopher Radko holiday ornaments are still made in Europe. However, they are marketed under the Christopher Radko Division of Rauch Industries (Ornaments).
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Grand main square (Rynek Glowny) and cloth hall (Sukiennice) in Krakow, Poland
The grand main square (Rynek Glowny) and cloth hall (Sukiennice) Krakow are the site of yearly Christmas Markets selling handcrafted ornaments.