My mother loved pottery of all kinds and was always buying coffee mugs, bowls and vases. When we lived in England in the 1960s we visited the Wedgwood factory and came home with the pieces shown here. The black bowl and tray lived on my parents' dresser for the next 40 years.
None of us smoked, but in the 1960s lots of other people did, so there were always ashtrays in the house. I'm not sure anyone ever used this one, though. It would be a shame to cover up the central design with ash and cigarette stubs!
I didn't care much for Wedgwood when I was a child, but I love it now. It's simple, classic, memorable.