Tuesday, July 3, 2007

The pot of love

The town of Bunzlau in the province of Silesia in Germany, which specialises in pottery, is still proud of a gigantic piece of crockery fashioned by a lovelorn potter's assistant named Joppe to gain the hand of his master's daughter. The pot, a true labour of love, was created in 1753. When he exhibited his masterpiece and the city fathers realised its capacity for 30 bushels of peas, they interceded with the obdurate father till he gave his consent. The city of Bunzlau was so enchanted with this success that they have been treasuring the Pot of Love (Liebestopf in German) ever since and even adopted it as the city emblem.