this makes me happy

I was sent this gorgeous turned wooden artefact by a friend who deals in Chinese antiques. For much of it’s life it was a lunch box. It tells me much about the Chinese that a vessel of such small capacity serves for lunch. They are apparently filled with a ball of rice and taken out to work. I loved the vessel dearly but I try not to keep things in a museum setting. I know from past experience that the things I get most pleasure from are the things I use daily, it has taken 6 months for me to find the perfect place for this vessel in my life but now I have found it I am deeply happy. I have been looking for some time for a nice salt container, I don’t know why it took me so long to realise this was it. It holds a box of malden sea salt perfectly and the fluff white flakes remind me of the fluffy white rice it once held.


Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”  William Morris


4 Responses to this makes me happy

  1. ken hatch July 23, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    Beautiful piece and a very good repurpose. While it could bring pleasure to the eye if displayed, it will please the soul every time you hold it.


  2. James July 30, 2014 at 2:57 pm #


    Did you get any date on the vessel very interesting piece I have enjoyed read through you blog.

    Kind regards James

  3. ET August 5, 2014 at 5:51 am #

    Is hygroscopic tendency of salt a potential problem?

    Beautiful bowl!

  4. Elmira August 29, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

    You’re the grasteet! JMHO