About This Blog, and How to Find My Discussions of Some of Its Key Ideas

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 setsContinue reading “About This Blog, and How to Find My Discussions of Some of Its Key Ideas”

Both Elegant and Kitschy

My favourite salt and pepper shaker set that transforms the surface it sits on from a hard surface to one that implies the surface’s permeability is this one: It consists of just those two quite elegant and curvy triangular shapes–each on their own an interestingly abstract sculpture, perhaps.  But somehow, together, their representational intent becomesContinue reading “Both Elegant and Kitschy”

Bath, Beneath, and Beyond

Continuing on with shaker sets that imply an invisible beneath, there is this pair: Once more, the shakers represent something that is standing in water, this time two bathers.  We see only the top third or so of their bodies, but knowledge of the way things usually are allows us  to assume that the expectablyContinue reading “Bath, Beneath, and Beyond”

Duck, Ducking

Here is a mysterious object: Some kind of abstract sculpture, perhaps?  Or is it a ghost or an alien or a member of the Ku Klux Klan carrying scrolls?  Or are those sausages, perhaps, or maybe cat-tails? Cat-tails they are.  For if I place this shaker beside its partner, all is revealed: Those are inContinue reading “Duck, Ducking”

The Smithsonian.com on Salt-and-Pepper Shaker Collecting

As well as describing the Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, this article has a few things to say about the history of novelty shakers.  Would You Like Some Salt and Pepper? How About 80,000 Shakers’ Worth? | Travel | Smithsonian Magazine.

The Implied Beneath

While it might not be apparent on first glance, this is a salt and pepper shaker set: This set represents the Bluenose, the Canadian fishing and racing schooner from Nova Scotia that has been appearing on Canadian dimes for many decades: While it’s a little hard to make out, since it consists of slightly raised brown letters on the same brownContinue reading “The Implied Beneath”

Eggs Past and/or Eggs to Come

Once more, no eggs are visible in this salt and pepper shaker set But clearly, you can’t have a chicken (or a rooster) without an egg first, right?  And if you have a chicken (and, of course, a rooster) then there is a good possibility that you might some time soon have an egg orContinue reading “Eggs Past and/or Eggs to Come”

The Invisible Egg(s)

In this series of posts, I’ve been focussing on what I have identified as eleven eggs that are part of my salt-and-pepper shaker set collection.  But it has just occurred to me that there might, in fact, be twelve, or even more, albeit more implied than actually seeable.  Consider this set: It is, clearly, aContinue reading “The Invisible Egg(s)”

Eggs, Numbers Nine and Ten

The ninth and tenth eggs in my collection have appeared in a previous entry in this blog–Cute Newt–in which I talk about their intriguing relationship to the American politician Newt Gingrich. These shakers have moved significantly away from the more-or-less real-life situations of shakers three through eight, as described in my previous three posts: noContinue reading “Eggs, Numbers Nine and Ten”