Pottery Avenue by Pangaea Trade, INC

Pottery Avenue Evolves

Year to Year Highlights

Pottery Avenue by Pangaea Trade, Inc. (“Pottery Avenue”) was established in 2001 to facilitate the importing of handmade Polish Pottery "Stoneware", into the USA by Twila Abrams, current President and Director of Wholesale Development.  Collection are curated from Zaklady Ceramiczne Boleslawiec and Ceramika Artystyczna, the two premier manufactures of Polish stoneware.  Both factories enjoy premier status in the small village and earned respect for their unique artistry and implementation of science to ensure proper function as a daily dish and bakeware.  As the years move on, other factories are making their stamp on the industry.  Each factory now brings something of their own to the emerging world of Polish Pottery "Stoneware".

In 2004 an S Corporation was founded named Pangaea Trade INC.  Shortly after the name changed to Pottery Avenue by Pangaea Trade INC.  The company was a home based business for two years while the wholesale account list grew and working capital built.  Accounts were opened and maintained through the wholesale trade shows across the US.  Trade shows continue to be a necessary format for introducing goods to the wholesale buyers as well as continuing their product knowledge.  We also receiving value feedback which inspires Pottery Avenue to meet the always changing needs of the gift industry.

In 2006, Pottery Avenue began working with Costco Wholesale conducting 10 day trunk shows called "special events" at various Costco warehouses in the Northwest.  The events have expanded and Polish Stoneware has gained notoriety from cost to cost.  This unique opportunity for marketing pottery while promoting our retail partners is unparalleled in effectiveness.    While expanding peoples understanding of Polish Stoneware we are able to pass out our retail partners business cards and promote them as the local retailer for the community.  Since our events run for 10 days, we get the trend started and leave it up to the retailers to fulfil the long term needs.

HIGHLIGHTS

2002 Pangaea Trade opened for business

2005 Name changed from Pangaea Trade to Pottery Avenue by Pangaea Trade INC because there were many other businesses named Pangaea Trade

2006 Pottery Avenue developed the Costco Special Event division that began promoting Polish Pottery across the US.  The events ran intermitantly throughout the US to develope brand awareness

2007 Business moved to Bremerton, WA where expansion was manifested with a 6000 square foot facility

2008 Business was divided and the wholesale division remained with Pottery Avenue with Twila Abrams as the President and Silecia Artistic Pottery developing the Costco promotions

2009 Showroom adjacent to the Bremerton warehouse was open to the public as well as a retail web site www.PotteryAvenue.com.

2010 Business grew with the addition of a production manager and customer service support and gross sales near 1 million

2011 Silecia went out of business and Pottery Avenue began developing the Costco promotions

2012 Opened a distribution agreement with Ceramika Artystyczna Boleslawiec

2013 Special Events division grossed 1 million is sales

2014 New location was procured and developed in St. George UT.  The franchise division emerges and, The Pottery Avenue Cottage" opened