This bowl is older than anyone I know. It came down from my wife’s great-grandmother Winnifred. We know it’s at least a hundred years old. And it’s made specifically for raising bread in.
Usually you have to grease the bowl you put your dough in so it doesn’t stick when it rises. This one has a glaze that is so smooth that the dough doesn’t stick.
It got a chip in the edge before it was glazed. Someone took the time to make sure the glaze even went down into the chip. Today, they’d have just thrown it out.
They knew this was the kind of thing that would get passed down for generations. It has. And it will.