The symbolism behind Polish pottery designs

March 29, 2023


Beyond its beauty and functionality, Polish pottery is also rich with symbolism and cultural significance.

Polish pottery is also known as Bolesławiec pottery, is known for its vibrant colors and intricate designs. Each piece of pottery is carefully handcrafted by skilled artisans in Bolesławiec, Poland, using a special type of clay that is fired at high temperatures to create a durable and long-lasting product.

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Peacock Eye

One of the most recognizable symbols in Polish pottery is the "Peacock Eye" motif. This circular design features a blue center with radiating white lines and dots, surrounded by a ring of small dots in various colors.

Polish Pottery Peacock

The Peacock Eye is said to symbolize prosperity, good luck, and protection from evil.

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The "Rooster" motif is a popular design that features a colorful rooster surrounded by floral patterns. The rooster is a symbol of courage, strength, and vitality in Polish folklore.

Polish Pottery Rooster
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The "Wheat" motif is a simple but elegant design that features golden wheat stalks on a white background. Wheat is a symbol of abundance, prosperity, and the harvest in many cultures, and it is often used in Polish pottery designs to represent a bountiful and successful life.


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The "Forget-Me-Not" motif is a delicate floral design that features small blue flowers with yellow centers. This motif is said to symbolize faithfulness, loyalty, and enduring love.


The "Fish" motif is a popular design that features colorful fish swimming in a blue sea. Fish are a symbol of abundance and good fortune in many cultures, and they are often used in Polish pottery designs to represent a prosperous and joyful life.

Polish Pottery Fish Motif

Tree of Life

The "Tree of Life" motif is a complex and intricate design that features a stylized tree with branches, leaves, and flowers. The Tree of Life is a symbol of growth, renewal, and the interconnectedness of all living things in many cultures.

Polish Pottery tree of life


Each piece of pottery tells a unique story and carries a rich cultural history that spans centuries.

Whether you are a collector or simply appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of Polish pottery, understanding the symbolism behind these designs can deepen your appreciation for this beloved art form.

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