By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: Gifts & Decor | Issue: November 2010
Leslie Cohen, owner of The Pottery Cottage, offers a vast selection of Polish pottery.
As the holiday season commences, the world around us begins to glitter with decoration – and sometimes, as the years go by, much of that decoration becomes all too familiar. If you love to decorate for holiday parties and dinners but are ready to put a unique twist on the festivities, you will want to visit The Pottery Cottage, home to Claremore’s only collection of unique Polish pottery.
“Polish pottery is perfect for entertaining,” says Leslie Cohen, who opened The Pottery Cottage in downtown Claremore in June. “Not only is it beautiful, but it can be taken straight from the microwave or oven to your table.” As a matter of fact, she reports that Polish pottery casserole dishes are one of her top sellers all year round, as they are highly decorative as well as sturdy and functional. Cleanup is as easy as rinsing the dish and putting it in the dishwasher.
Whether you are hosting a formal meal or a casual get together around the coffee table, a huge selection of different types of dishes and accessories can be found on the shelves of The Pottery Cottage: serving bowls, soup bowls, butter dishes, pitchers, ramekins, plates, and much more. These items make perfect Christmas gifts as well, along with items such as Polish pottery wall crosses and vases.
Polish pottery can contribute to the ambience of the season in other ways as well. Imagine gazing at a twinkling Christmas tree or crackling Christmas fire. As Polish pottery tea light trees twinkle from the mantelpiece and brightly decorated Polish pottery ornaments sway on the branches of the evergreen, you might be sipping hot cocoa or spiced cider from a Polish pottery mug. These mugs come in several sizes, including the oversized “Gentleman’s Mug.”
“These mugs are perfect for cold weather because they are stoneware and retain heat well,” says Leslie. “They are very warm and cozy.”
This gorgeous pottery suits the holiday well, but its startling contrast of cobalt blue against winter white could grace anyone’s home all year round. Leslie, who ran The Pottery Cottage from her home for three years before moving to its present location, reports that her biggest sales come from those seeking wedding gifts. “People like to give Polish pottery as wedding gifts because it’s something unique that you cannot just get anywhere,” she explains. Leslie points out several items that would be appreciated by couples preparing for upcoming nuptials, like place settings and household decorations. Whether the couple wants to build an entire collection of kitchenware, accent their bath with a soap dish or toothbrush holder, or display a lovely pitcher or serving bowl as a family heirloom, a wedding gift from The Pottery Cottage is sure to be appreciated and treasured.
No matter what the occasion, purchasing a gift from The Pottery Cottage is easy. Simply visit the shop and peruse their choices, and while you are there, be sure to ask if the person for whom you are buying the gift is registered. Or, if you love Polish pottery, the staff at The Pottery Cottage can help you prepare a wish list for yourself. “This is always helpful to husbands who are shopping for their wives and don’t quite know what to buy,” says Leslie with a smile. Leslie also notes that she ships anywhere in the United States at shipping cost. At The Pottery Cottage, gift wrapping is free year round.
If you have been looking for that unique holiday gift that is sure to be appreciated from the moment the wrapping paper has been torn away, look no further than The Pottery Cottage in Claremore.
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