These lacquer pots are handmade using traditional methods, and no two are exactly the same. The craftsman uses genuine lac, which is a secretion from thousands of tiny insects found in trees. Different coloured lacs are applied to wooden pots in layers, allowing each layer to dry before applying the next. Then the top layer is skilfully scraped off to reveal the colour of the layer below. It's a painstaking process to create these richly coloured, vibrantly decorated pots, which can be used for storing anything from jewellery and trinkets to herbs and spices in the kitchen.

Please note: our collection of lacquer pots is constantly being updated. Prices range from £8 for small, simple designs, up to £45 for larger pots with more intricate designs. See a selection at Greenwich market, or email for more information.