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8th Anniversary Gifts (pottery)
The Traditional Anniversary Gift List suggests bronze or pottery for an 8th Anniversary. Why use these materials for 8th wedding anniversary gifts?
Pottery is both a simple and sophisticated material. Created from a simple and natural material, clay. Itís then heated to a high temperature in a kiln. Though potentially breakable, if handled gently, fired pottery can last through the ages. Pots, vessels, and sculptures, have lasted for thousands of years.
The Japanese ceramics we carry tend to have fairly simple shapes with a rich multi-hued glazing. They have a hint of wabi-sabi in them. Thatís the Japanese term for capturing a bit of the human hand in a design (not perfectly symmetrical, not totally smooth). The idea is to comfortably highlight some of the imperfections of a design, rather than try to achieve a machine-made look.
Bronze is an alloy of copper with tin (and occasionally other elements) added in. Itís corrosion resistant and firmer than copper alone. A very early and basic metal, it combines many useful propertiesÖThink "bronze age" tools from thousands of years ago. Bronze is also a material of beauty, long used to cast sculptures for the ages.
The Modern Anniversary Gift List suggests linen or lace for an eighth anniversary gift. Linen is light, crisp, and classic for a man or a woman. Lace is fancy and feminine.