NOTE: I stopped actively adding to this blog in 2013.
A quote from my first post on this blog:
The purpose of this blog is to make a record of the salts and pepper sets I have collected–to account for why I collect them, to think about why they interest me both as individual sets and all together as a collection, to explore what my having this collection might say about the culture that has produced and then purchased, given as gifts, used, and collected the salts and peppers over the last century or so–and perhaps, even, what the collection might say about who I am myself.
For more information about my sometimes conflicted feelings about owning these shakers and having them on display in my house, see this post, in which I identify myself as an “ironic collector,” and this one on “oppositional curating.”
For some key explorations of theoretical contexts that have become important to me as I think about shakers, see this post on “scriptive things” and the five posts that follow it chronologically on the same subject (or follow the tag “scriptive things), this post on kitsch, and this post on cuteness.