Cruse: earthenware pot or jug that holds liquid.

I was on a first name basis with the owner of the ceramic shop near my home in Rota, Spain. He knew I was never just looking, and I knew the addition to my collection would come at a bargain.

Most of my Spanish ceramics sit on top of my kitchen cabinets, as decor. Funny to think the items were once practical solutions to living in the campo.

Botijo – I guess these could best be described as the first attempt at water bottles. Farmers used the clay pots in the fields for drinking water. The water was kept cool in the jugs and it was also sharable. The small opening was for pouring the water without having it touch your lips.

Over time, the Spanish Royalty created designs for botijos that reflected their family name, or region. I love the accent they bring my garden.

Porron – Better know as a wine pitcher, the porron was made with the same intention as the botijo. Traditionally, it was served on the table as a hygienic way of drinking wine. The pitcher is held slightly above the head and poured into the mouth without touching the lips. No glasses are necessary. Now it is served more for fun and entertainment.

Trust me when I say, wear an old shirt the first time.

Holy Water Stoup/Font – These vessels for holding holy water in churches is usually found at the entrance. They are symbolic when found in the home or garden.

My favorite piece is the lady pitcher. I have never used it, but she always brightens the space I put her in. She is a conversation piece, admired for her whimsical character.

The fact that her head comes off and is used as a cup is extra.

Wind Kisses, Donna

Inspired by: RDP/Cruse