Bowl

 

 
Wooden Bowls:

These bowls are made of wood and are generally hand-crafted to give it a better look. It is important to burnish or glaze the wooden bowls with natural oil to give them a neater finish. They are made on a foot-powered lathe. These bowls come in round, square or star shapes and may be accompanied by a handle. Large as well as small sizes are comfortably available in the market. Wooden crockery has a very sophisticated look to it. Pear wood bowls have exquisite shape and increase the decorative quotient of the room. Acacia wood or "Monkeypod", of Hawaii can also be used to make wood bowls. These are hand-made in the South Pacific.

Plastic Bowls:

Plastic bowls come in a wide range of colors and can be put to a large number of uses. They are made from molds and are easy to use and maintain. Nowadays specially processed plastic is used which is made of bio-degradable material and does not emit toxic fumes when burnt. Children's bowls are generally made of this material as they are durable. They do not break easily and are easy to maintain.

Glass Bowls:

Frosted, plain or cracked glass may be used to make glass bowls. Hand blown glass bowls look prettier than the machine-made ones. Hand blown glass bowls are more expensive than the machine-made ones.

They are mostly used as a decorative piece and come in a large range of colors starting from blue, green, pink or other such colors. Large glass bowls can be used as a centerpiece or as a vase to float flowers and candles. They need to be handled with care. Glass bowls can be of the following types:

Cut glass bowls- These have a number of sides cut on the glass which increases its prismatic effect and brilliance.
Lustered glass bowls- These bowls are made of a delicate pearlescent glass that is artificially created to capture the natural shine of glass. In the 1800s it was first discovered by Louis Comfort Tiffany of United States.
Toast master's glass bowls- it looks like an ordinary English glass bowl but has one-quarter of its capacity. It has a solid depression in its center, which gives an illusion that it is full. This glass was originally used in glasses, used in raising a toast.
Mughal glass bowls- This was popularized during the Mughal rule in India.
Waterford glass- This is a type of glass found in Waterford, Ireland. This has a brilliant polish, thick walls and geometric cuts. Earlier these bowls had a smoky appearance but later it was modified to a clear glaze.
Venetian glass bowl- This type of glass bowl is produced in Venice and comes in a variety of shapes.
Pattern glass bowls- These are produced in a bulk and have the same design on them. Mass production makes them less expensive but limits the choice of designs.
Millefiori glass bowls- Thin rods of different colored glass are heated together to fuse them. Then they are dried and cut in circles to give them a flower-like appearance. Later they are blown to take the shape of bowls.
Opaline glass bowls- These are usually made of white or colored opaque glass or crystal. Paper Bowls:

Paper bowls are either made of hard cardboard or thermocol. Paper bowls are easily disposable and best to use while on a picnic or outing. They can be oval, round, square or rectangle in shape with or without designs. Movie theaters and fast food corners prefer to serve food in these bowls. The paper bowl size varies from 16 to 60 oz.

Bowls of different color, material, shapes and designs lend a decorative edge to the other pieces of tableware.

History of the Bowl:

It is very difficult to ascertain the exact date when bowls were first discovered. It has been there since times immemorial. In the primitive ages a crude form of bowl was used which was made of clay or leaves. A bowl prevents the food or liquid from spilling and assists in the action of eating or drinking. Necessity was the reason for its invention. The famous anthropologist, Vincas Steponaitis, has identified the dimension of the bowl as its distinguishing feature. He pointed out that a bowl's diameter is almost half its height and historically they have been classified according to their lip-size or shape. The standard soup bowl has a mouth and a diameter of 18.5cm. It should certainly hold 24 oz. of liquid. Bowls of different shapes and sizes form an integral part of the Indian cuisine. They are also used outside the kitchen in the living room to keep flowers or in a construction site to carry sand or bricks. In Greece, small bowls called phiales, pateras and kylices were used. Earlier phiales were used for libations, which had a small dent in the center of the bowl and were usually used to store wine. Although sometimes they were also used to store perfumes. In Japan bowls have been traditionally used for drinking green tea and also for eating rice. Such bowls are known as Chawan. The rice bowls used for eating rice are shallow while those used for storing or serving rice are deep, has a thicker rim and are also accompanied by a cover or a lid, chopsticks or mats.

Pottery Bowls:

Ceramic or pottery bowls are linked aesthetically to India. The pottery bowl is shaped on a potter's wheel and baked in a kiln. These usually have a rounded shape, and are available in sets of 2, 4 or 6. They may or may not have a flat base, a stand at its base and a handle. The edge of the bowl may be thick or thin depending on its use. The pottery bowls used to eat snacks are shallow while those used for eating a full-course meal are deep with a thicker rim. Pottery bowls may be used as soup bowls, rice bowls, dessert bowls, cereal bowls, pasta bowls, candy bowls, serving bowls or for a decorative purpose. Various techniques may be used to decorate these bowls. The following are some of those techniques:

  • Glazing
  • Painting - Both sides or any one side of the bowl may be painted.
  • Engraving
  • Carving
  • Metal plating
  • Varnishing

Glitter, colorful threads, beads or shells may also be used.

The pattern is generally linear, geometric, floral, ethnic Indian or abstract. Blue pottery is a special type of pottery, found in Jaipur and Delhi, India. Blue pottery bowls are preferably used for decorating homes.

Metal Bowls:

Metal or stainless steel bowls are durable, tough and rust proof. They can be easily washed in a dishwasher and is environment friendly. In India bowls made of stainless steel are very popular. The ones with a higher edge prevent food from spilling and are best suited for eating any type of food or liquid. Metal bowls are the ideal type of bowls used for feeding pets. Stainless steel bowls can also be designer-made to match with the other pieces of crockery.

Wooden Bowls:

These bowls are made of wood and are generally hand-crafted to give it a better look. It is important to burnish or glaze the wooden bowls with natural oil to give them a neater finish. They are made on a foot-powered lathe. These bowls come in round, square or star shapes and may be accompanied by a handle. Large as well as small sizes are comfortably available in the market. Wooden crockery has a very sophisticated look to it. Pear wood bowls have exquisite shape and increase the decorative quotient of the room. Acacia wood or "Monkeypod", of Hawaii can also be used to make wood bowls. These are hand-made in the South Pacific.

Plastic Bowls:

Plastic bowls come in a wide range of colors and can be put to a large number of uses. They are made from molds and are easy to use and maintain. Nowadays specially processed plastic is used which is made of bio-degradable material and does not emit toxic fumes when burnt. Children's bowls are generally made of this material as they are durable. They do not break easily and are easy to maintain.

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