Blue Rose Pottery Relocates to Rock Hill
In honor of Blue Rose Pottery relocating to Rock Hill, The Rock Hill Reader interviewed store owners Diane and Phil and manager Jonathan at the newly opened showroom.
Formerly in Fort Mill, Blue Rose Pottery is now across from Cherry Park. Just outside the door a big blue sign that reads “Now Open – Blue Rose Pottery” hangs between Citi Trends and a currently empty storefront that will hopefully soon be filled to complete the revitalization of this little nook of Cherry Road. The former showroom outgrew its space in Fort Mill so successfully that they had to move to Rock Hill in order to include a one building showroom, storage, and shipping area. Now the operation runs smoothly and efficiently.
Walking into the showroom is like walking into a kaleidoscope. Floor-to-ceiling shelving showcases various pieces of pottery imported from Poland from five different manufacturers that owner Diane personally works with and picks out. Diane personally chooses items for the showroom from Zaklady, Vena, Ceramika, Manufaktura, and WR Unikat and her husband Phil can be found in the back shipping area carefully hand-packing various items for shipment.
Jonathan, the store manager, personally takes customers on tours of the new showroom, explaining the types of patterns, the history, and uniqueness of Polish pottery. He explains how the artistic, hand-painted style started as local folk art centuries ago in the German province of Silesia and has evolved throughout hundreds of years.
Only after World War II did Polish pottery begin its immigration to America when the region of Silesia was annexed to Poland and the majority of the German population was expelled. After the war, the region was rebuilt and pottery factories soon reopened. Since then, patterns have blossomed from modest hand painted and stamped (with potatoes no less) circles of anything from Americana flags to hummingbirds and butterflies, to cats and hens.
Polish pottery isn’t just large plates often seen on display in your mom’s kitchen hutch. No, these are practical, twice-fired, nearly unbreakable pieces of functional art inspired by the peacock feather. In Rock Hill’s own Polish pottery showroom, anything from teapots shaped like ladies to chicken bakers shaped like, you guessed it, chickens line the shelves. Coffee mugs, newly-released pumpkins (perfect for the upcoming fall season), and French-style butter savers are some extremely unique gifts for the Polish pottery admirer in your family.
It’s Diane and Phil’s hope to continue growing Blue Rose Pottery in Rock Hill and serve, not only the community but go international (shipping to Canada) from our own backyard. Stop by and Jonathan will be happy to show you around. If you’re lucky you can hear the story about how Diane was inspired by a wedding registry list over 20 years ago that, at the time, was an unconventional China alternative that included seemingly mismatched items of pottery. Her passion is just as strong today as it was then.
You can stop in to see the magnificent works of functional art Mon-Sat, 10 am – 5 pm at 1549 Cherry Road Rock Hill, SC 29732.