You've probably seen them in classroom
s, and home
- they're clay pot
s, about 5 inches tall, glazed in various hues
of blue with a big cork
stopper. They feature phrase
of Problem Student
s", "Retirement Fund
", and "Lottery
s" in a round unglazed patch on the front. They are
most often given as gift
s (do people buy themselves clay pots
with "Ashes of... Old Lover
Children"? Maybe, but I'm guessing not too
often) and display
ed because they were given as gifts.
These dust collectors are available in gift stores everywhere,
and online at crafts outlets like Davlins Woods, which carries a
line of "cleverly labeled" ceramics produced by The Potters of
Iowa. T&L Stuff, a site that carries products like antenna
balls and NASCAR memorabilia, calls these "nonsense jars" and
"verbal banks"; their versions are "hand crafted by talented
California Artisans" and feature phrases like "Diet Cookie Jar"
and "Poker Money".