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The Salt Covenant

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Ceramics Design Challenge Entry

During ancient times, agreements and promises were sealed by a salt covenant. Each person would take a pinch of salt from their pouch and place it in the pouch of the other. This agreement could not be broken unless an individual could retrieve their own grains of salt. But this, of course, is impossible.

Inspired by this ancient covenant, and encouraged by a wedding-filled summer, Yana Boyd created this design as a way to give something functional and beautiful to her friends and family members starting their new lives together.

This raku-fired salt egg is specially made for couples to create a salt covenant as they celebrate their marriages. The design incorporates not only the salt, but also the egg shape, which symbolizes the full circle of life.

After the wedding, the included salt can be used in cooking until it's gone. Each time it needs refilling, the couple can refill it together. It is a wonderful way to remember what your marriage is about.

clay, raku glaze
Yana Boyd
Julia Marden, Community Organizer
Ceramics Design Challenge

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Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

November 02, 2011 11:40:57 AM

We love the design, and the story, of Yana Boyd's raku pottery piece. Would you gift this egg to a special couple on their wedding day?

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November 02, 2011 11:46:26 AM

Since I started making the Salt Covenant it has been used as a unity ceremony in weddings all over the United States. It can also be given as a meaningful wedding gift.

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November 02, 2011 12:10:17 PM

I have bought this wonderful personalized out side of the box item from this artist as a wedding gift... and the couple loves it. They are not the typical wal-mart gift people and found the practicality of everyday use to be extraordinary as most of their other gifts are in boxes in the closet waiting for the "good china events" to happen to get items out to use. They loved the thoughtfulness and some people's silly is a thousand people's WOW factor gift!

November 02, 2011 12:38:24 PM

Very cool, but $90? No way.

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November 02, 2011 12:50:48 PM

I love it. I want it.

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November 02, 2011 01:47:20 PM

Is pretty pricey, but is unique and meaningful.

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November 02, 2011 03:06:24 PM

$90 for something to hold salt? Really?

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November 02, 2011 04:01:51 PM

I have a wedding every other weekend this coming summer. I'll be ordering a carton of them!

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November 02, 2011 04:09:55 PM

I like it but too expensive

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November 02, 2011 04:35:48 PM

This is a unique and special wedding gift that will last throughout the years as a reminder of love and commitment. The story that comes with the salt egg is especially meaningful and can be read as part of the ceremony.

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November 02, 2011 05:04:08 PM

This is a wonderful and amazing piece of art for a wedding gift. Its so classical and meaningful. Any marring couple would love this, because it means so much.I love it. Amazing Job Yana.

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November 02, 2011 06:11:31 PM

Awesome and unique! The Salt Covenant is a great way to break away from the basic and boring wedding gift mold.


November 02, 2011 07:28:22 PM

AWESOME IDEA! I own one and LOVE IT!!!

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November 02, 2011 07:44:54 PM

Cute, and love the story behind it, but not a reasonable price. Also, I don't think people really use "salt cellars" anymore. I have one and nobody ever knows what it is.

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November 02, 2011 10:52:59 PM

Cute and sweet idea but waaaay too expensive for pottery.


November 03, 2011 12:37:35 AM

absolutely the best gift for engagements or weddings! I have given many of them and each one has meant something different to the couples! yea yana!

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November 03, 2011 03:26:35 AM

wonderful idea but way too expensive!!!


November 03, 2011 05:52:00 AM

I use my mine every day. It feels wonderful in my hand, and gives me joy every timeI use it.

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November 03, 2011 01:37:08 PM

This is a lovely story and would make a great wedding gift!

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November 03, 2011 04:02:30 PM

an excellent way to affirm the covenant of marrige

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November 03, 2011 04:22:43 PM

I had the opportunity to give one as a gift and it was so meaningful to the couple. Don't mind the price because I give it to people who I care about and want to have a unique gift!

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November 03, 2011 04:35:11 PM

A wonderful idea.

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November 03, 2011 04:38:38 PM

Seiously? Maybe some newlyweds would like it, but if someone had ever given one to me, I think I would have been a wee bit disturbed by the overtly religious implications of a "covenant".

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November 03, 2011 04:46:24 PM

a bit pricey though a cute idea.

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November 04, 2011 08:43:57 AM

If your interested in seeing more photos of the work or learning about the raku firing process you can visit www.centeredceramics.net

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November 04, 2011 03:59:09 PM

Way too much for that tho

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November 04, 2011 09:57:52 PM

I thought it was a cool story and neat little gift until I saw the price. Maybe $30 tops.

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November 05, 2011 12:39:05 AM

This is very cool and the meaning is simply fantastic! A great gift for newlyweds or even 20 year wedding anniversaries! The price should not be an issue, unless you're really cheap. :P

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November 05, 2011 02:21:39 PM

I love the idea but paying this much is ridiculous!

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November 05, 2011 05:04:31 PM

It's a very nice item but I feel the cost should be lower.

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November 05, 2011 05:27:49 PM

I have one that I received as a wedding gift and not only do I love looking at it and using it, but it was a very meaningful gift.

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November 05, 2011 05:30:26 PM

LOVE the story Love the idea. but for $90 i can easily put this together at home for way cheper. sorry not for me

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November 05, 2011 07:55:19 PM

This is Raku style pottery, right? Love the organic shape and naturally subtle hues and cracks.

Chelsea Saulpaugh
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November 06, 2011 01:47:05 AM

Who has 90 dollars lying around to buy a salt holder?


November 06, 2011 10:13:24 AM

way too expensive... why are you so much more expensive this year?

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November 07, 2011 12:59:27 AM

Its sooo sweet, but 90 dollars? Really? Totally not worth it. i could MAKE one for about ten.

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November 07, 2011 10:17:26 AM

Nice idea but a bit pricey

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November 08, 2011 07:05:33 PM

I love it. Can't say the same for the price, though.

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November 08, 2011 07:36:56 PM

it's a really cute idea, and if i was getting married I'd definitely think about getting it. but its way too expensive for what it is.

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November 09, 2011 03:07:38 AM

adorable but way to expensive.

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November 09, 2011 04:47:39 PM

Cute story. Remove the "one man, one woman" assumption, and quarter the price, and it would be great.

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November 09, 2011 04:59:27 PM

if someone gave me this as a wedding present i'd be PISSED. i'm perfectly happy reading the story, i don't need to reinact it.

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November 09, 2011 07:15:17 PM

I like the story, however it is a container to hold salt. I couldn't justify spending that much money.

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