The Polish Association of Ceramic Communes is the first organisation in the country to unite local government entities committed to promoting and popularising household, industrial and artistic ceramics. The association’s task is to initiate and support actions aimed at developing Polish ceramic industry centres by creating partner relationships. The objective is to intensify cooperation between local authorities and private and public entities related to the ceramic industry in the field of international marketing and promotion of the ceramic industry and craft, as well as to preserve and develop cultural heritage and exchange experience.
The Association was established in Bolesławiec in December 2015. The founding committee comprised: Piotr Roman (President of Bolesławiec City, co-founder: Urban Commune of Bolesławiec), Andrzej Dutkowski (Head of the Rural Commune of Bolesławiec, co-founder: Rural Commune of Bolesławiec), Robert Relich (Mayor of Nowogrodziec, co-founder: Town and Commune of Nowogrodziec). In the following months, further communes of the Bolesławiec district joined the Association: Osiecznica (Head of the Commune of Osiecznica – Waldemar Nalazek) and Warta Bolesławiecka (Head of the Commune Warta Bolesławiecka – Mirosław Haniszewski). The supporting member is the Museum of Ceramics in Bolesławiec.
The Polish Association of Ceramic Communes is modelled after the Italian Association of Cities of Ceramics (AiCC, est. 2003) as well as other similar organisations operating in France (AfCC, est. 2003), Spain (AeCC, est. 2007) and Romania (ArCC, est. 2008) which in 2014 founded the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation “Cities of Ceramics” (AEuCC).
The first initiative of the Polish Association of Ceramic Communes was a project entitled “Z bolesławieckiej gliny. Wystawa Stowarzyszenia Gmin Ceramicznych Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej”/ “Dall’argilla di Bolesławiec. Mostra dall’Associazione dei Comuni della Ceramica della Repubblica di Polonia”/ “From the Bolesławiec clay. An exhibition of the Polish Association of Ceramic Municipalities” which involved 23 ceramics manufacturers and four plants supporting the local ceramic industry in the Bolesławiec district. As part of the project, the Museum of Ceramics in Bolesławiec prepared an exhibition at which several hundred ceramic products were presented. The exhibition was accompanied by a catalogue in Polish, Italian and English. It was the first such extensive presentation of contemporary Bolesławiec ceramics in the post-war history of the city. The exhibition was shown in the following places: