“Formed from clay”

Workshops for elementary school students and all those who would like to learn the secrets of making clay pots that were used to store foods and beverages.

  • Price: 350 PLN / group of up to 12 people + admission tickets.
  • Duration time: up to 3 hours.
  • Time: all year.

In the interiors of historic cottages, furnished with furniture, appliances and tools there are arranged exhibitions presenting metal, stoneware, wooden and clay dishes and vessels placed as originally in the room, hallway or in the storage chamber. In one of the houses– the cottage from Kromolow – you will see the original pottery workshop arranged in the room. Making Plasticine figurines is one of the favorite games for children, developing manual skills and spatial imagination. However, the work of a potter, it is not a fun it’s a serious occupation. During workshops you will have an unusual opportunity to deal with clay – the material of which vessels of different usage were created for thousands of years.

Afternoon workshop: Weaving

“It’s better to be with a weaver than with a hewer”

A weaver’s cottage from Brenna from 1820 (in the Museum presented at the exhibition concerning the sub-region of Beskids) is an integral part of a shepherd homestead. At the end of the 19th century, the house was rented to a family of weavers. Therefore there is arranged a workshop of this type in the house. Its equipment consists of a loom, a niddy-noddy (for spinning yarn), a spooler (stand with spools), and a roller (for rewinding yarn from the niddy-noddy to spools). Home weaving was associated with the widespread cultivation of flax. Meanwhile, the popularization of breeding wool sheep, which continued in the Silesian Beskids (one of the main centers of weaving) until the beginning of the eighteenth century, contributed to the development of home weaving and the export of fleece and yarns. Locals woven on hand looms in canvas or rip weaves. Canvas (for linen and bedclothes) was bleached in the sun. In fulling mills, woolen fabrics were processed into cloth. In the 18th century, looms were mechanized and a vibrant textile industry emerged that systematically began to replace hand weaving.

 3-day (9-hour) Workshops (Wednesdays, 5.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.)

Skills acquired by participants during the workshops include: designing and weaving of rugs on looms; design of patterns and weaving of colorful selvedges on a heddle and weaving boards. The rug and the selvedge made during the workshops become the participant’s property.


Workshops hosted by: Ewa Zacharyasz (the Museum “Upper Silesian Ethnographic Park in Chorzów”).


Files to download:

Application form

Afternoon workshop: Spinning


„W listopadzie kobieciny przyndóm swe kóndziele, a co śwynto, co niedziele brzynczy gdzieś wesele”

(“In November, women spin their threads, and each Sunday there’s a wedding in the village”)


In the cottage from Istebna from 1794 (in the Museum presented as an element of the exhibition concerning the sub-region of Beskids) in the “black” room there are placed: a spinning wheel and device for carding wool. The basic raw material in folk weaving was natural fibers obtained on one’s own farm. The locals produced linen, hemp and wool (carded and combed) yarns. Sheep was cut twice a year – in spring and autumn. Flax was sown in May and pick before or after harvest. Handpicked together with the roots flax was peeled, then soaked and dried, stalks were broken, finally rubbed to separate the fiber. During the autumn and winter housework the evenings were filled with tedious spinning of linen and wool on a spindle or on a spinning wheel. Spinning always took on a social character: fairy tales were told, songs sung and new acquaintances were made. After the World War I cultivation of flax and weaving linen from hand-spun threads became unprofitable.


Spinning workshops are accompanied by a demonstration of the once common among rural women skill – namely spinning on a spinning wheel and on a spindle using wool of sheep grazing on the meadows belonging to the open-air museum.


Demonstrator: Małgorzata Pietrzak (Silesian Center of Cultural Heritage in Katowice).


Afternoon workshop: Basketry

“The Wind in the Wicker”

The cottage of the forestry workers from Brusiek built in 1828 (at the museum’s exhibition presented as an element of the architecture of the sub-region of Lubliniec) was inhabited by a family of forestry workers employed in production of charcoal for former metallurgical plants. They were: lumberjacks locally called “sięgorz” or “pniorz”, charcoal burners locally called “kurzok” and workers dealing with the transport of timber locally called “furman”. Employment in forestry did not always allowed to earn enough to maintain a family, so such a family often had to search for an additional source of income, in this case – basketry. In one of the cottage’s room there are presented baskets of various sizes along with basketry workshop equipment, including a bench, a knife, a splitter, and a mallet. The unpeeled, green wicker (which once covered the banks of the Mała Panew river), served as a material for making farm baskets for storing grass, grain and potatoes, while the peeled wicker was a material for making baskets for baking breads and baskets for transporting good like eggs to the fair. From the easy-to-access raw material – rye straw, there were made large storage containers for grain using the spiral technique of braiding. The same technique was used in the production of baskets from pine roots. Unlike weaving and pottery products, wicker products continue to enjoy high market demand.


Participants of the workshops will learn about the basic basketry plait styles and will weave a basket on a round bottom and prepare their own design of wicker a form. Works done during workshops are owned by the participants.


Workshops hosted by: Aleksandra Bober (the Museum “Upper Silesian Ethnographic Park in Chorzów”).


Files to download:

Application form

Afternoon workshop: Pottery

“Potter turns mud into gold”

In the cottage from Kromolów from 1860 (in the Museum the building is located at the exhibition concerning the region of Zagłębie) in one of the rooms there is arranged a workshop of a potter. Under the window there stand clay pots, at the oven there are placed a bench and a potter’s wheel, on which the vessels of raw clay were made. Then they were dried: on the stove and in its niches and on a special shelf hung above the stove. After drying the dishes were painted and glazed, and fired in a free-standing pottery oven that once stood behind the building. In common use were clay bowls, jugs, pots, bread molds and even money-boxes. Kromolów (today’s district of Zawiercie) was famous for its good quality cloth and pottery. The decreasing demand for clay pottery and the disappearance of folk pottery, were the result of the increasing popularity of more durable and more ornamented stoneware, faience and cheaper porcelain.

4-day workshops are held on Mondays, each meeting lasts 3 hour (Exact hours are subject to negotiation)

The workshop participant learn the techniques of hand-crafting clay pots and decorating them using hand-made tools. Working with clay relaxes, helps to develop creativity, supports manual skills, and improves self-esteem. The process of creating is always exciting, and the effects of work (which you can bring with you) – long-lasting and extraordinary.


Workshops hosted by: Beata Grabowska-Mutke (a professional ceramist).


Files to download:

Application form

Afternoon workshop: Sculpting in wood

“The wooden saints stand by the road”

In the so-called mill farmstead (in the Museum presented at exhibition concerning the architecture of the sub-region of Pszczyna-Rybnik) in the nineteenth-century carriage storage shed there is arranged a gallery and workshop of a sculptor Franciszek Wójtowicz. Sculpture Gallery is an extraordinary place full of “wood” enchanted in the form of animals, colorful birds, people working on the farm ( sower, blacksmith) and heroes of legends and folk tales of Upper Silesian. The museum exhibits many examples of wooden folk decorations: architectural details (profiled endings of ceiling beams, ornaments and inscriptions on the load-bearing beams in chambers or in lintels, chairs with ornamentally profiled backrests, wooden utensils (scoops and ladles). Particularly interesting are wooden figures of saints depicting John of Nepomuk, St. Florian, Christ the Sorrowful, and the Virgin Mary decorating the interior of the roadside chapels characteristic of the Polish countryside.


3-day workshops are held each Friday, each meeting lasts 3 hours (Exact hours are subject to negotiation).

The workshop participants acquire knowledge about the properties of wood used in sculpting art, the skill concerning the use of sculpting tools. Works done during the classes become the participants’ property.


 Workshops hosted by: Franciszek Wójtowicz (woodcarver).


Files to download:

Application form

Price list

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“Wood and chisel”

Workshops for students of grades IV-VI of primary schools and all willing to try wood carving. In the summer classes are held in the Gallery of Sculptures by Franciszek Wójtowicz or in the Mill farmstead (object No. 45), in the winter – in the cottage from Strzemieszyce Wielkie.

  • Price: 250 PLN / group of up to 12 people + admission tickets.
  • Duration time: up to 3 hours.
  • Time: all year round.

In the first part of the course you will visit the Gallery of Sculptures by Franciszek Wójtowicz. A collection of more than 700 sculptures presents fantastic imagery of Silesian people, colorful wooden birds and people characteristic of the landscape of the old village, including the sower, the ploughman, the harvester, the girl going to the well with buckets and the shepherds playing the pipe. In the second part – after discussing the principles of using sculpting tools – you will try to carve simple forms in wood or try to work with chisels on large sculptures.

“The Wind in the Wicker”

Workshop for students of grades IV-VI of primary schools and all people who still value wicker objects and consider them usable.

  • Price: 250 PLN / group of up to 12 people + admission tickets.
  • Duration time: up to 3 hours.
  • Time: all year round.

In the interiors of houses belonging to the Museum’s exhibition there are arranged workshops of craftsmen, such as a shoemaker, potter and basket-maker in the cottage from Brusiek (1828). The cottage was dwelled by charcoal burners. An additional source of income for the family was picking plans and timber in the forest and manufacturing of wicker baskets. Wicker once densely covered the banks of the Mała Panew (District of Lubliniec). During workshops, you will learn the basic techniques of wicker weaving, necessary for plaiting baskets. You can take your work with you.