The Pottery Village is a social enterprise located in Kamionka village in Masuria lake area. Its main aim is to activate (both economically and socially) the unemployed from local communities. The enterprise was founded in 2007 by the Nidzica Development Foundation “NIDA” and its main creator was Krzysztof Margol. The NIDA foundation is an initiator and owner of the Pottery Village organization. The core activities are associated with the production based on traditional ancient crafts as well as on events based on regional customs.
When you enter Kamionka you see a picturesque view with brick houses and farm buildings, lovely flowery gardens, beehives and several people busy in the orchard. The view is soothing and quaint – you really want to stay there for long. The idea that underlies the creation of the Pottery Village is a revitalization of underdeveloped rural areas and an activation of people living there “by stimulating awareness of business opportunities and providing new jobs to the rural unemployed”. Pottery Village works together with business, banks, public organizations and local government, actively collaborates with other social enterprises as well as theme villages from Poland and neighboring countries.
As a part of its activities, the Pottery Village offers products and services in many different areas like: pottery, handmade paper production, agro-tourism, as well as organization of seminars and conferences. Additionally, they offer traditional weddings with historical horse-carriages. All products created here are made by craftsmen based on old technologies. It is a social enterprise, where unemployed learn vanishing professions, not only preserving them, but also learning how to promote and sell traditional products to tourists. The Pottery Village activities created also a new quality in terms of cultural offer. In springtime and summer they organize many classical music festivals, promoting Chopin concerts. Additionally, thousands of children and adults come here and to take part in outdoor games where they are given maps and try to find a treasure. In the future they plan to create a Centre for Social and Economic Innovation.
The Pottery Village came to existence in an underdeveloped area, to fight poverty and marasmus. A crash course in macro and microeconomics and a lot of opportunities for practice offered here, changed the previously quiet and dispirited Kamionka village into a highly productive, motivated environment – iconic social enterprise in Mazury region. Also it influence immensely the living standard in the region.