In the late 1700s and early 1800s Golden Shred, an Orange Marmalade company, and Buchan Portobello, a pottery company, made and sold stoneware in what would become famed factories in Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire and Edinburgh. Golden Shred Marmalade is still in production.
In honor of the forthcoming of Earth Day, I now have the ultimate and most interesting form of bespoke recycling I have encountered: stoneware pots from these two studio factories literally excavated for me, and then imprinted with a custom-designed antique apothecary-style logo, and glazed, carted off from England to Ohio.
Use this for your block of Castile soap, which is great for dishes and laundry stains, or as a salt or pepper cellar next to your stove. Also makes a great ring dish, key bowl, catchall.