Though Poland is known for its handmade pottery, avoid the overpriced tourist shops near Central Station. Instead, head away from the city center to Ceramika Boleslawiecka, a little-known factory outlet on an obscure corner of Jana Pawła and Prosta. Here, the one-of-a-kind dishes are hand-painted using a stamping technique that dates back to the fourteenth century. Each piece takes up to 90 minutes to complete, from a retro handmade rolling pin ($13.70) to an elaborate serving tray ($60).
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Published on Aug 12, 2010 as a web exclusive.