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Elle Englander, Janelle Imports

Janelle Imports opened for business in 2003, but our story began much earlier...

Our pottery originated as folk art in Silesia region of central Europe, now part of southwestern Poland. The history of pottery making in this ancient region of Europe dates back to the seventh century. Today, in the small village of Boleslawiec, Poland this time-honored tradition artistically crafted pottery continues.  Janelle Imports is especially connected to the tradition of artistically crafted Polish pottery and to Boleslawiec, as it is the birthplace of Elle Englander, president and founder of Janelle Imports.

Elle and her family lived in Boleslawiec until she was 16 years old. Her parents worked for a combined 25 years at Boleslawiec largest and oldest pottery factory. Elle’s father was a staunch opponent of the Communist regime that controlled Poland at the time. In December of 1982, as a result of intense pressure from the Communists, Elle’s family was forced to leave Poland. They found their new home in the United States of America, and initiated contact with family and friends still in Poland after the Communist regime collapsed in 1989.

At Janelle Imports, our mission is to provide American consumer with world’s largest inventory of authentic, artistic Polish pottery, while supporting economy of Boleslawiec, Poland, thus preserving this beautiful, old world hand craft for generations to come.

 

Elle Englander  
President, Janelle Imports, LLC