Ointment pot

These tiny little pots are invaluable for cook, artist, herbalist, clerk and barber surgeon impression and are perfect for ink, paints, salves and ointments, herbs, spices and more. Use them to root cuttings, sprout seedlings or grow herbs.  These would look absolutely charming filled with posies, cuttings or seedling on any kitchen windowsill!

Made with an eye to utility rather than art, each is hand thrown in a sturdy red clay, minimally finished, glazed on the inside and fired.  Sizes, shape and volume vary, and are a feature of these charming little containers. Small, irregularly shaped utility pots of this type are nearly universal, and are one of the very few items which can be found in the collections of virtually any museum worldwide.  Our Ointment pot is copied from a14th-15th C. Dutch original found in England, which now resides in a private collection. Small pots such as these were mass-manufactured by being thrown "off the hump" each pot was drawn off the large lump of clay in the middle of the potter's wheel, formed and cut off without the wheel ever stopping its motion.They were used from the time of the Egyptians until slipcasting became the prevalent  method of making inexpensive, mass produced pottery in the 18th C. 

MADE IN THE USA / SHOP LOCAL! - These are made in our home town of Ramona by a cottage artisan.

Size:  1 1/2" x 2" 

Made of red clay. Food safe glaze inside, unglazed outside. Not microwave safe.

Please note that due to the handcrafted nature of this item, dimensions, decoration & capacity are approximate and will vary slightly from piece to piece.


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  • Model: SL-DL-OP001
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25lbs

This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 21 December, 2013.