I love Polish Pottery Cheese Ladies. Aren't they cute? I love the hands on their hips and their facial expressions! They are hand painted with little stamps. Many traditional and contemporary designs exist.
They are called cheese ladies because traditionally they were used to store cheese. But these days they are used for all sorts of things. You can keep a whole stack of pancakes warm in a big one. Or keep fresh baked cookies warm until your kids get home from school. The smaller ones can be used for a few pats of butter or lemon slices for your tea. Or to hide your scrubby pad on your kitchen sink.
This one looks surprised, like someone just goosed her rump.
This one looks like she is saying "Don't sass me young lady or you'll be grounded!" (Not that I know anything about saying things like that.)
The plate underneath is always decorated to match.
You can find cheese ladies and other beautiful Polish pottery pieces for sale at Euro Pottery, one of my favorite shops in Leavenworth, KS.
(these two photos were from Euro Pottery website)