Heavy salt glazed 'grès' stoneware preserving-pickling crocks or storage jars with unglazed breathable lids, and thick heavy sides which help keep their contents cool. Traditionally used for the fermentation of sauerkraut but more commonly perhaps for the storage of any wet and dry goods, foodstuffs, or in the case of the largest, breads. From a pottery established in 1847 in Argent sur Sauldre, near Orléans, central France - a region abundant with both the wood used to fuel nineteenth century kilns, as well as the alluvial fire clays used in the production of poterie grès. Whilst the kilns may now be temperature controlled and differently powered, the materials, methods, and hand turning techniques have remained largely unchanged through the generations. In 3 sizes, 1l, 3l, and 8l.