What the devil is a cruet, I hear you cry? The word 'cruet' comes from the Old French word crue, meaning 'earthen pot.' They have long been used to serve oil and vinegar at the table. I have one for my olive oil next the the stove (which I use all the time) and one for balsamic vinegar which I use less often, for dressing salads and such.
Cruets make great gifts for anyone who loves to cook.
They take a while to make but I love making them anyway. This particular cruet was fired in Lara O’Keefe’s wood/salt kiln, in Pittsboro, NC. I got a nice load of wood ash on its shoulder which melted down quite attractively. Its wavy lines appeared before the firing when I dipped the pot in a clay slip and then combed through it.