Hanstan salt pig

Retro salt pig, 70s, HanstanHanstan salt pig
made in Victoria, Australia c. 1970s

I love the funky hand-inscribed 70s font of this ceramic salt pig. Salt Pigs have been a feature of kitchens since forever: the idea is that the open ‘mouth’ allows one to grab a handful of salt without having to undo a lid; and the ‘chimney’ on top allows moisture to escape so the salt doesn’t degrade.

Hanstan pottery was a collaboration between Hans Wright and Stan Burrage – hence Hanstan- that started in Victoria in 1962. The pottery continued to make domestic ware pottery well into the 1980s. Since the ‘Salt’ script was hand-incised, no two are the same. I also have a set of condiment jars that match the salt pig : Ginger, Allspice and Cloves [post below.]

The colouring is a staple of the 70s -white slip glaze, with a textured brown lower half. The white upper-part also came in a lurid orange [the ubiquitous mission brown/orange combination] but I like this set better.

For the perfect 70s kitchen collection, the salt pig is for sale: $AUD45

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70s Kitchenalia

Hanstan spice jars & Terra Ceramics Leaf PlateHanstan ceramic spice jars, made in Victoria, Australia c. 1970s
Terra Ceramics leaf platter, made in Australia c.1970

I love the funky 70s font of the spice names on these ceramic jars: Ginger, Allspice and Cloves. Originally the set would have been five [including Nutmeg and Bay Leaf] – but as you can see on Ebay, two, three or four-in-a-set also proliferate.

Hanstan pottery was a collaboration between Hans Wright and Stan Burrage – hence Hanstan- that started in Victoria in 1962. The pottery continued to make domestic ware pottery well into the 1980s. Since the spice names were hand-incised, no two are the same. I like to think that the ‘G’ in Ginger went off the edge because the maker was totally channeling the 70s when s/he was making/smoking it.

The white slip glaze, with a textured brown lower half jars were a staple of the 70s. The white upper-part also came in a lurid orange [hence the ubiquitous mission brown/orange combination] but I like this set better. And the large cork stoppers –still in good air-tight-working condition- are also mission brown.

The Terra Ceramics 70s leaf platter was designed to serve three different condiments at a party. The leaf shape is quintessentially [although also abstractly] Australian. By the 70s we had figured out that Australiana stuff sold and could hold its own against UK and USA imports. So leaf-shapes- so ‘asymmetrical’ abounded.

For the perfect 70s kitchen collection, this set is for sale: $AUD75

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70s australiana kitchenalia

Hanstan spice jars & Terra Ceramics Leaf PlateHanstan ceramic spice jars, made in Victoria, Australia c. 1970s
Terra Ceramics leaf plate, made in Australia c.1970

I love the funky 70s font of the spice names on these ceramic jars: Ginger, Allspice and Cloves. Originally the set would have been five [including Nutmeg and Bay Leaf] – but as you can see on Ebay, two, three or four-in-a-set also proliferate.

Hanstan pottery was a collaboration between Hans Wright and Stan Burrage – hence Hanstan- that started in Victoria in 1962. The pottery continued to make domestic ware pottery well into the 1980s. Since the spice names were hand-incised, no two are the same. I like to think that the ‘G’ in Ginger went off the edge because the maker was totally channeling the 70s when s/he was making/smoking it.

The white slip glaze, with a textured brown lower half jars were a staple of the 70s. The white upper-part also came in a lurid orange [hence the ubiquitous mission brown/orange combination] but I like this set better. And the large cork stoppers –still in good air-tight-working condition- are also mission brown.

The Terra Ceramics leaf plate was designed to serve three different condiments at a party. The leaf shape is quintessentially [although also abstractly] Australian. By the 70s we figured out that Australiana stuff sold and could hold its own against UK and USA imports. Thereon gum leaf-shapes- so ‘asymmetrical’  abounded.

For the perfect 70s kitchen collection, this set is for sale: $AUD85

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