Bolesławiec is one of the oldest cities in south-west Poland. The settlement was established as early as the late 12th century. After World War II, Polish people from the territories of today’s Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Ukraine, Lithuania and Belarus settled in the city and its surroundings. This multiculturalism is now reflected in culture, art, traditions and culinary arts.
The cultural institutions of of Bolesławiec City Commune include the Museum of Ceramics, the Bolesławiec Cultural Center – International Ceramics Center (BOK-MCC) and two Tourist Information Desks; the Department for Promotion and Development at the Bolesławiec City Hall is responsible for the coordination of activities aimed at ceramics promotion.
Resting on natural clay deposits, Bolesławiec has become a strong and significant European pottery complex. Bolesławiec ceramics is a hard, impermeable stoneware, fired at 1200-1300°C. Its characteristic feature is the underglaze decoration made with stamps and brushes. The production range-mainly tableware- is exported globally.
The most important cultural events include the Bolesławiec Festival of Ceramics organized since 1994, an open-air event attracting exhibitors, producers and enthusiasts of ceramics from all over the world and the annual International Ceramics and Sculpture Symposium, welcoming artists from all over the world since 1996.
The ceramic plants in Bolesławiec cooperate closely with the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow.