Prior to the industrial revolution, things like bottles and jugs to hold liquids, such as good Bourbon - no rubbish, were produced by local artisans and craftsmen. Most were routine, simple, utilitarian. But not all. Some were different, expressing whimsy, or artistic flair. The same for clothes, why should socks be simple solid colors, why should underwear be white? The routine things in life need not be boring.
The jug above is a reproduction of a storage container from the Colonial period in the USA. These are variously called, whimsey, or uglies, or character jugs. All of these describe what was basically a routine utilitarian item, made to look interesting, exciting, entertaining, or maybe a warning, drink the contents and this is what you will end up looking like. I like this. A comment on words, in United States English, a jug is a storage container with a tight fitting lid or stopper, in British english a jug is a container you store and pour a liquid from, often open on top with no intentional closure, in the USA we most commonly refer to that as a pitcher.
When I was growing up and bottling honey on the farm we had a choice of simple round mass produced glass, or specialty glass, made for honey. The classic "queenline" jars made by Owens Corning cost a couple pennys more, but the shape like the thorax of a queen bee, I felt it evoked thoughts of sweet goodness. Given the choice, I always preferred the queenline jars. They came in a variety of sizes from 8 ounce, to three pounds. I think there may have been a five pound that we never used. While not a quirky as the Ugly Jug above, they did have character. They were not routine and boring.
Life is too short for the routine things in life to be boring.
Friday I woke up early, started work early, slipped away for an hour in the afternoon, I am now fully vaccinated and boosted. My office is imposing a vaccine mandate. 90% are already fully vaccinated, the rest have a few weeks to either ask for and have approved a waiver, or get vaccinated, or leave. I agree with it, it is time to get serious,