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Christmas Ornaments: Blown-glass Made in Poland

Modern Edward Bar Blown-glass Christmas Ornaments

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Pre-world war II Polish Christmas Ornament

Pre-1939 Polish Christmas Tree Ornament

Pre-1939 Polish Christmas Tree Ornament

Vintage Traditional Polish Pinecone Ornament

Vintage Pinecone Ornament

Vintage Pinecone Ornament

The Tradition of Polish Blown-glass Christmas Tree Ornaments

Polish craftsmen have made glass articles since the 10th century, archaeological and written records show. However, blown-glass Christmas ornaments are a relatively recent creation. Initially, Polish glass makers produced practical goods and stained-glass windows. German glass ornaments began to appear in affluent Polish homes in the mid-1800s.

The Polish glass industry surged from the late 19th century until the 1930s with blown-glass ornaments manufactured. It managed to continue throughout partitions of Poland by neighboring states, but was devastated by two world wars. Changing heads of state and Communism led to modified traditions as well as fluctuating supplies of not only luxury items, but those necessary for daily living.

Resurgence of the Polish Glass Industry

After WWII, some glass workshops began producing as early as 1945, but were subject to Communist economic regulations along with religious restrictions. These controlled numbers of workers, imports and exports, and celebrations of religious holidays meant few or no Christmas ornaments.

The Revolutions of 1989 and the end of Polish Communism began a resurgence of a free-market economy and growth of workshops that struggled throughout the previous five decades. This free-market economy also generated establishment of more small workshops.

Workshops Today

Very old Polish glass ornaments, if one can find them outside of museums, have a tradition and reputation for quality, design, artistic imagination, and craftsmanship. Some are hand-strung using rods and spheres leading to ornaments geometric and symmetrical in appearance. The glass-molded or mouth-blown and hand-decorated ones are very delicate art treasures. Modern Polish workshops uphold these traditions. Without government restrictions and sanctions they bring their craft to an avid and sophisticated world market.

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Polish Blown-glass Christmas Ornaments

New Beginnings for Polish Crafts

Polish blown-glass ornaments are usually made in small family-owned workshops or in larger American-commissioned manufacturing workshops like Christopher Radko and Kurt S. Adler's Polonaise line by Komozja. The small shops as well as as the larger ones are labor-intensive because of the handwork involved. Finished products are usually elegant products that shine with jewel-like radiance. Retail prices represent design effort along with manual handwork.


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Where are Polish Blown-glass Ornament Workshops?

Polish blown-glass Christmas ornaments are generally manufactured in the southern part of the country. These modern workshops and manufacturers are localized found in the Czestochowa and Krakow regions.

According to The Poland Import Export Chamber Of Commerce Online, blown-glass Christmas ornaments from Poland are second in the world market for number sold and in first position for quality. Families and collectors value the ornaments for high quality, traditional artwork and unique decorations.

The Sukiennice building - Cloth Hall - in the Krakow Old Town Market Place is one of the best places to buy glass-blown ornaments. Unfortunately, the buyer must also carry them home.


Krakow Christmas Market - 2012 - Christmas in Poland

Christmas Market in Krakow's Main Square:  2012.  (By Silar , via Wikimedia Commons)

Christmas Market in Krakow's Main Square: 2012. (By Silar , via Wikimedia Commons)

Edward Bar Blown-glass Ornaments Made in Poland

Here are internet sites where Edward Bar's traditional Polish ornaments may be bought. Please, readers if you find more shops that sell Bar ornaments, let me know.

  • Christmas Ornaments, Special Collections items in Edward Bar store on eBay!
    Buy Edward Bar, Christmas Ornaments items on eBay. Find a huge selection of Special Collections items and get what you want today.Edward Bar items - Get great deals on Christmas Ornaments, Special Collections items on eBay Stores!
  • Polish Art Center
    Order a wide selection of Bar ornaments through the internet or by telephone from this small Polish import shop located in downtown Hamtramck, Michigan.

Polish Blown-glass Ornaments: Internet Sites for Manufacture, Wholesale and Retail Distribution

It pays to check for the attribution "Made in Poland" if you are serious about collecting Polish glass-blown ornaments. There are ornaments for sale that are marked as "European-style Glass Ornaments," "Traditional Glass Ornaments," and "Old World Quality Ornaments - to cite just a few descriptions - that are made in other European countries as well as Hong Kong and China.

  • Traditional Glass Christmas Ornaments Manufactured By Impuls
    IMPULS began in January 1986, with founders Dariusz and Ewa Kowalczyk and three other workers. In 2000, the Kowalczyks, with a staff of eighty, opened the doors of their new factory building in Czestochowa. Stores such as T. J. Maxx and Tuesday Morni
  • Selection of Komozja Polish Glass Ornaments
    Komozja is the Mostowski family's successful business enterprise and state-of-the-art glassworks in Czestochowa. It was begun in 1945 shortly after the end of World War II. The business is now operated by the 3rd generstion. Komozja has American comm
  • Bonners Christmas Ornaments
    Bronner's Christmas Wonderland is located in Frankenmuth, MI. Various styes of Polish made glass ornaments as well as thousands of other Christmas items.
  • Christopher Radko Ornaments
    The wildly popular and expensive Christopher Radko holiday ornaments are still made in Europe. However, they are marketed under the Christopher Radko Division of Rauch Industries (Ornaments).

Collecting Christmas Ornaments?

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Ornaments for Sale in Poland

Christmas ornament store in Sanok, Poland (southeast Poland)

Christmas ornament store in Sanok, Poland (southeast Poland)

Are you an avid Christmas ornament collector?

For each question, choose the best answer for you.

  1. Did you learn anything from this article?
    • Yes, I did.
    • No, I did not, but I enjoyed reading it.
  2. Do you like Polish blown-glass Christmas ornaments?
    • Yes, I do like them, especially the old ones.
    • Yes, I do like them, especially the larger modern ones.
    • I can take them or leave them.
  3. Do you collect Christmas ornaments?
    • Yes, I do collect them.
    • No, I do not collect them, but enjoy others collections.
  4. What is your favorite kind of Christmas ornament?
    • Glass, preferably hand-blown
    • Old-fashioned-type Straw
    • Old-fashioned-type Paper
  5. What is your favorite kind of glass Christmas ornament?
    • Large spheres with representational images like Madonnas
    • Small spheres in an array of colors.
    • Figural shapes like Santa Claus and St. Nicolas
    • Figural shapes from myths like dragons, frogs, knights and princesses
    • I like them all and want an assortment in my collection

Scoring

Use the scoring guide below to add up your total points based on your answers.

  1. Did you learn anything from this article?
    • Yes, I did.: +5 points
    • No, I did not, but I enjoyed reading it.: +3 points
  2. Do you like Polish blown-glass Christmas ornaments?
    • Yes, I do like them, especially the old ones.: +5 points
    • Yes, I do like them, especially the larger modern ones.: +3 points
    • I can take them or leave them.: +1 point
  3. Do you collect Christmas ornaments?
    • Yes, I do collect them.: +5 points
    • No, I do not collect them, but enjoy others collections.: +3 points
  4. What is your favorite kind of Christmas ornament?
    • Glass, preferably hand-blown: +5 points
    • Old-fashioned-type Straw: +3 points
    • Old-fashioned-type Paper: +3 points
  5. What is your favorite kind of glass Christmas ornament?
    • Large spheres with representational images like Madonnas: +5 points
    • Small spheres in an array of colors.: +5 points
    • Figural shapes like Santa Claus and St. Nicolas: +5 points
    • Figural shapes from myths like dragons, frogs, knights and princesses: +5 points
    • I like them all and want an assortment in my collection: +5 points

Interpreting Your Score

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Vintage Christmas Ornaments

Shiny-Brite Vintage Christmas Ornaments

Shiny-Brite Vintage Christmas Ornaments

Categories of Mouth-blown Glass ornaments

Pine Cone Glass Christmas Ornament - Vintage?

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Grand main square (Rynek Glowny) and cloth hall (Sukiennice) in Krakow, Poland

Charming Amphibian

Christmas Market in Krakow, Poland

Christmas Market in Krakow: A wide variety of Christmas ornaments

Christmas Market in Krakow: A wide variety of Christmas ornaments

Glass Christmas Ornaments

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Share with me what you think about Christmas ornaments and this article.

Besarien from South Florida on July 28, 2019:

Hi GeorgeneMBramlage! Beautiful glass ornaments made a really fun topic. I appreciate the bit of history too. I have a couple ornaments that I know are Polish glass. My latest was a Bar. Many I can only place as European. I own all my mother's old Christmas glass as well as the one or two per year I have purchased since I married. I seem to favor birds and other wildlife but have a bit of everything from religious iconography to a piece of cauliflower, (or possibly just badly faded broccoli.) Well, it is definitely cauliflower now.

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on April 26, 2014:

@Gayle Dowell: Hi, Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Yes, these are beautiful ornaments...great for collectors with cash. However, wouldn't your handmade ornaments that span the years qualify as a collection?

Gayle Dowell from Kansas on April 21, 2014:

Beautiful ornaments. I do not collect Christmas ornaments, but I do like to make a new ornament for the tree every year.

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on March 03, 2014:

@AnonymousC831: Hi! Thanks for visiting this lens. I am happy to hear that you also collect Christmas ornaments. I have made an effort to collect primitive / early American feeling ornaments for Easter and decorate "fake" feather trees. Real feather trees are too expensive for me.

AnonymousC831 from Kentucky on March 03, 2014:

I collect primitive Christmas Ornaments and anything country feeling.

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on November 15, 2013:

@mel-kav: Thank you for stopping by this lens...I appreciate it and the comment you left.I also find glass-blowing intriguing :-) Maybe that's why I took those pix!

mel-kav on November 15, 2013:

Glass blowing has always intrigued me. These are beautiful ornaments.

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on October 15, 2013:

@KathyZ1: And thanks so much for reading and commenting!

KathyZ1 on October 15, 2013:

Cool, thanks for your sharing.

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on October 01, 2013:

@anonymous: Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I agree (!) the ornaments that are made by hand are really beautiful and exquisite.

anonymous on September 30, 2013:

Absolutely gorgeous craftspeople! I have seen a couple of TV specials about glass blowing there, really interesting.

Robz007 on December 23, 2012:

I love these ornaments, nice to see Polish ornaments presented in this way

Robz007 on December 23, 2012:

I love these ornaments, nice to see Polish ornaments presented in this way

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on December 22, 2012:

@ThisGirlWrites: Thanks so much for visiting and for your appreciation of these ornaments! Blessed christmas to you and yours!

ThisGirlWrites on December 22, 2012:

Wow! Those are more than ornaments - they're works of art. What a wonderful skill to have.

Jo-Jackson on December 21, 2012:

The modern unbreakable ornaments are very cheap and convenient, but I treasure the few blown-glass ornaments handed down by my mother. You show some beautiful ones on this lens.

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on December 17, 2012:

@Gayle Dowell: Hi! Thank you for visiting my Polish glass ornaments lens! It is getting closer and closer to Christmas :+]

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on December 17, 2012:

@Zach Spangler: Thank you so much for visiting this art-craft lens. I'm glad that you enjoyed it and especially appreciate your comments about my informative writing! Christmas cheer to you!

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on December 17, 2012:

@entetrix: Thank you so much for visiting my favorite lens. I'm glad that you found the ornaments beautiful.

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on December 17, 2012:

@anonymous: Hi Dave! Many thanks for stopping by this Polish Christmas Eve lens. I am glad, as a former teacher, that I can bring understanding of a little-known art form to those who appreciate learning about it.

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on December 17, 2012:

@anonymous: Thanks for visiting my lense and leaving a comment. I appreciate yor approval.

anonymous on December 17, 2012:

how good this lens

anonymous on December 14, 2012:

Hi, Cercis. Thanks for educating me about Polish hand-blown Christmas ornaments. I was not familiar with them until my visit here today. I enjoyed reading the history of this art form. Merry Christmas!