A custom-made bowl I ordered arrived today. The artist makes them to order, with any saying you wish in the glaze, so of course I went for...
For the specialised use of this bowl I chose the snail. The star pattern which was also available would have been more appropriate, but the star was quite plain, and the snail was too cute to pass up.
The specialised use? It's a yarn bowl, used to hold a ball of yarn in one place while knitting (rather than down the back of the chair or all over the floor, much to the delight of my cats) while the string of yarn can move freely with much less chance of tangling. I've wanted one of these for ages, so I finally treated myself to one.
The icing on the cake is the message the artist wrote on the box. I had no idea whether or not she'd get the message I requested to have on the bowl, but she obviously knows her stuff.
The bowl is from Little Wren Pottery
, and I cannot recommend them highly enough.