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