First – yes, I just learned a new word, “besotted”. Second – no, I don’t usually use odd and somewhat obscure words to describe things. “Besotted” just seemed to fit the bill! I am strongly infatuated with these jars! They are irresistibly shapely and such a classic design.
I’ve always loved these jars! The fact that they are steeped in ancient Chinese history and culture, and were typically used to store and transport spices, hence the name “Ginger Jar” only adds to their allure. I haven’t found reference to when the design of these jars originated, but they did become oh so popular during the Qin Dynasty, the first ruling dynasty in China (221 BC – 207 BC).
I love their characteristically high-shoulders, round shape, wide mouth, no handles, and capped lid.
I’ve made most of them out of brown stoneware so they are sure to be sturdy and durable for all kinds of uses around the home. From tea to coffee, treat jars for animals and humans (a Gregerson’s-household rule, you don’t have to have 4 legs to deserve a “Treat Jar”, note the lids make great bowls for dishing out treats.), canisters for all types of cereals and baking ingredients, bath salts to cotton balls and q-tips, and frankly, they could hold a good amount of soup, and can be kept in the fridge.
I love making these and have made them in a variety of sizes and colors.