Oregonian Small Salt Cellar with Cork Lid


Proud to be named in Bon Appétit as a "Top 10 Great Specialty Food Store" - June 2017.

The Reluctant Trading Experiment is about discovery. First the jungles of India. Then the waters of Iceland. And now, a backyard in Oregon.

That’s where artist Shelley Martin creates pottery with her hands. She makes our one-of-a-kind salt cellars one at a time. On a potter’s wheel. By herself, in her backyard studio. Okay, maybe not by herself. Shelley has a factory manager that is a real dog. Literally. The dog’s name is Lily, but her bark is a lot worse than her bite.

Shelley’s salt cellars are the cat’s meow (sorry Lily) for serving and storing our Flaky Icelandic Sea Salt. They’re stylish and functional, ideal for the kitchen countertop and dining table. After you’re done pinching salt, the cork helps keep things fresh. They also make memorable housewarming gifts when paired with a bag of salt.

Each small salt cellar measures about 2.50″ in diameter by 1.5″ tall without the cork. But remember, like dogs, no two are exactly alike. And like humans, the salt cellars have slight imperfections, which we actually think is perfect. A paint drip here, a slightly uneven paint line there, etc. We think it all adds up to character, charm and beauty. Lily the dog wags her tail in approval. We wag ours too.

  • Glazed porcelain and cork, small salt cellar
  • Handmade by artist Shelley Martin in Portland, OR
  • Choose Gloss White, Gloss French Blue or Gloss Dark Gray
  • All glazes are food-safe and lead-free
  • Ideal housewarming gift paired with our Icelandic Salt
  • Each is unique with size and finish variations
  • Approx. 2.25" dia. x 1.5" tall without cork

Hand wash only. Do not put in dishwasher. Do not drop on big toe. Do not store Morton salt inside instead of Reluctant Salt. Do not pass go.


Regular Non-Rush Delivery starts at just $3.95. It's very reasonable.

It's darn fast too. Almost all orders arrive in just a few days.

Your satisfaction is guaranteed. Would hate for you to be unhappy. The world has enough unhappiness. We're here to make you happy. Okedoke?

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Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Christopher Duncan C.D. Christopher D.
Salt (and Pepper) cellars

I need to get a third! I bought two of these 'cellars' specifically to house my hand-ground pepper corns purveyed from Reluctant Trading, Tellicherry and white. (These peppercorns are quite distinct from each other and extremely aromatic, and I wanted them both available for table use. (Supposedly white peppercorns are one of the key 'secret' ingredients to "The Colonel's' chicken.) I didn't want to put these fresh peppercorns into a mill, they'd just lose so much of their fresh flavor and I'd never experience their aroma, so I hand grind with a mortar and pestle and keep the results in the cellars.

Well, I ended up using one for my Himalayan salt, go figure, and one for the Tellicherry. I need a third.

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