Why not give the gift of tableware this Christmas that is hard-wearing enough to meet the demands of family life and that you can also pass from one generation to the next? Bunzlau Castle make a range of collections of ceramics, cutlery and textiles, all handmade and hand-painted in Europe that will last a lifetime or two! Once you buy one piece, you won’t be able to stop.
Whether it’s an earthenware bowl that you make your family’s Christmas pudding in every year or a set of cutlery handed down from one generation to the next, buying delph, cutlery, napkins, glassware and table linens that you can pass on is more special than buying something disposable on a whim.
Bunzlau Castle is a family-owned business who work with partners in Portugal, Italy, Poland and other European countries to create handmade ceramics, each one hand-painted with care for the environment (and for the employees who work on each piece) so you know that each item you use is honourably-made and crafted with affection. Seven different types of local clay are used in their Polish ceramics and the paint is made from natural ingredients. All the ceramics are fired at high temperatures making them robust and safe to use in the oven, microwave and dishwasher.
We love their large pizza plate (€69.95 plus p&p – see the picture on the top left – which neatly fits a 12-inch pizza, a good way to make a supermarket pizza look elegant. Pair it with their Summer Breeze hand-painted pizza cutter (see our picture). They also sell wooden boards with pottery dish inserts for salt, butter and sauce for sharing; and complementary glassware, storage jars, napkins and trays.
Their website has tags that allow you to search for a pattern so you can decide to collect one type and find it easily again. Choose from Autumn Breeze, Belle Fleur, Big Dots, Blue Valentine with hearts, Marrakesh for a middle-eastern flavour and Tender Twigs among others. Be warned: once you buy one piece you won’t want to give it away and you’ll end up collecting a full set! The good news is that with a little care it could last a lifetime.
Buy from their website here at Bunzlau Castle – they deliver all over the world.
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