This wood fired spoon rest's design was influenced by a commissioned piece that I did that was supposed to capture the feel of a shell. I like to think it both captures that feel and takes it in a different direction. The purple colored clay is Darkstar a 'wild' clay from North Carolina, it interacts with the rutile blue glaze to provide a wonderful pooling of colors. The side and back of the rest, reflect the layering and barnacle-impact texture found on shells. Although designed as a spoon rest, my wife also uses it for her teabags, and others have served appetizers and used them to store their rings and earrings. This is a representative picture.