Pretty Floral Piggy Bank

History of Traditional Piggy Banks

A piggy bank is a classic tool when teaching children about money and savings. The phrase “piggy bank” has been used for centuries, but where did it come from and why are money banks for kids referred to as “piggy banks”? In this article, we will explore the origins of the term and some of its common uses today.

Why are children’s money banks called piggy banks?

When most people think of a money bank, a classic pink ceramic money-saving vessel in the shape of a pig often comes to mind. But why is it called that? Piggy banks are descended from an ancient practice known as “pygg banking,” which dates back to Medieval Europe. The term “pygg” referred to an orange-coloured clay found near the English city of Nottingham and was widely used by potters during that era. During this period in history, people couldn’t afford glass containers, so they resorted to using pygg jars as vessels to save their coins.

Over time, these containers became more decorative, eventually evolving into pig-shaped vessels, now known as piggy banks. This transition began in the 18th century when stoneware pig-shaped moulds were developed in England and Germany.

Hand Painted Floral Piggy Bank

The popularity of these unusual designs quickly spread throughout Europe and North America, resulting in widespread recognition of our beloved piggy bank. Today they are often seen as symbols of childhood nostalgia or light-hearted financial responsibility – but their origins remain undeniably rooted in centuries past!

These special coin banks have been a timeless symbol of childhood, often treasured and kept throughout adulthood. Hand painted pottery piggy banks are a unique way to provide a lasting reminder of sweet memories from childhood. The details and craftsmanship that go into creating these ornaments make them unique keepsakes for years to come. You can find them in various shapes, sizes, colours, and designs. Whether you’re looking for something basic or something with more personality – there is something out there for everyone!

From traditional animal shapes like pigs to vibrant colours or intricate designs, these hand painted pottery creations will be the perfect addition to any space. Plus, they make the ideal gift for any occasion!

Piggy banks are not just a thing of the past. Hand painted traditional piggy banks from Lancashire are here to stay. Based in England’s historic Northwest county of Lancashire, Potty About Pottery is an independent business that produces unique and customized hand painted, traditional ceramic piggy banks for customers worldwide.

The company was founded in 2019 by myself, local ceramic artist Caroline Chambers. I have a  passion for traditional craftsmanship and the art of ceramics. With Potty About Pottery, I set out to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces that will last generations. Each piggy is hand painted, glazed by myself, and fired in my kiln for durability. Customers can choose from various sizes and patterns or have their piggies personalized with names or messages.

My hand painted ceramic piggy banks are a unique and creative way of saving money. Its charm and eye-catching design make it easier to save up stylishly. Moreover, a hand painted piggy bank makes the perfect gift for a child or adult and for any occasion or simply as a treat for yourself. All in all, my custom-made artworks are brilliant and practical. Potty About Pottery is the go-to place if you require a tremendous hand painted ceramic piggy bank.

Potty About Pottery specializes in creating custom ceramic pieces that are both beautiful and unique. Whether you’re looking for a centrepiece or a one-of-a-kind gift, we have something to suit every need. I am dedicated to providing excellent customer service and high-quality craftsmanship. I will work with you to create the perfect piece – from colour selection to size and design, and we can make it happen.

Contact me today if you would like more information regarding hand painted ceramics or have any questions at all! We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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