B is for Bowl - The Most Versatile Vessel Ever

Sat, Jan 20, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Almost every definition of a bowl goes pretty much as follows . . .

a round, deep dish or basin used for food or liquid

But we beg to differ!


Pangolin Bowl
The Ardmore Collection


Bowls can be round. But they can also be square, rectangular, oval, oblong - you get the drift. And, not to put too fine a point on it, they can be used for a lot more than consuming liquids or foods.

Latte bowls for drinking coffee. Small tip bowls on your favourite coffee shop counter. Great big bowls for storing things like DVDs, pens, pencils, notepaper. Bowls to hold ever-multiplying remotes on your coffee table. Prep bowls for food. Condiment bowls for spices and relishes. Frankly, I have a fabric bowl on my desk (made by my talented sister who sews) that is what I call my flotsam and jetsam bowl. In other words, a catch-all for whatever I don't know what to do with!

Rosewood Bowl

Rosewood Canoe Bowl

Punch bowls abound at weddings and other celebrations. Big wooden salad bowls are used to create Caesar Salads from scratch tableside in some restaurants.

Bowls can be made of many different types of materials as well

Ceramic, porcelain, plastic, wood, stone, glass, metal - just to name what readily comes to mind.

Bowls have been in use for thousands of years

Bowls have been found dating back thousands of years in archeological digs in China, Ancient Greece and some Native American cultures.

In ancient Greece, bowls called phiales included a small dent in the centre of the bowl that enabled the bowl to be more easily held or steadied with a finger. Some sources think these phiales were used for perfume instead of wine or other liquids.  Imagine! A perfume bowl.


So far as we know, the oldest bowl ever found is 18,000 years old.

Some Chinese pottery bowls have been dated back to the Neolithic period. 

Lastly, we think this bit of trivia is very cool!

Did you know that a bowl is also a standard unit of measure?
One bowl is 3.75 cups or 887.2059 ml.

The Ardmore Collection
Distinctive, Heirloom Quality Fine Ceramics - Including Bowls!

On Springvale Farm, located in the KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), a most astounding art studio is found. Ardmore Ceramics has been acknowledged by the acclaimed auction house - Christie's - as producers of "modern day collectibles".

Styled in an exuberant, exotic (even, may we say, whimsical style), the ceramics produced by this remarkable atelier are superb examples of design and craftsmanship.


Often inspired by wildlife, Ardmore Ceramics have been exhibited in leading galleries and collections around the world, including The Museum of Art & Design in New York and The Museum of Cultures in Basel (Switzerland). 

Ardmore's modern art style breaks ceramic conventions, using techniques resulting from years of experimentation with materials and processes. The vibrant colours and enormous attention to detail are simply superb.




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Penny Baldwin-French

Written by Penny Baldwin-French

Penny is the Chief Marketing Officer for Zawadee - Bring Africa Home. She enjoys bringing unique and beautiful products to market, is an avid kayaker and enjoys all things marketing.

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