Clay Sphere Pigs

Pygg is a type of orange clay, once widely used for making pottery in the form of jars, cookware, and other household items due to its economical characteristics.

A piggy bank was originally a "pygg jar." Later, the word "pygg" became less common, and its sound was reinterpreted as "pig"; only then did piggy banks actually begin to be made in the shape of a pig. The original pronunciation of "pygg" was probably closer to "pug," but over time the pronunciation changed due to the Great Vowel Shift and became a homonym of "pig.

Normally I teach kids how to make a fairly realistic clay pig, but this year when I was showing them a powerpoint presentation full of pig images, they fell in love with the purply-pink sphere pig to the left. So I went with the flow and taught them how to make sphere pigs.

We also discussed the 3-legged pig, a symbol of good luck.

The creation of the three legged pig or Chanchitos pig originates from a village in Pomaire, Chile and it is the custom of that place to offer a three legged pig as a gift for a friend or family and for ushering good luck and good will.

Tourism has probably ushered in interest over the curiously contrived pig statue since the availability of this strange little pig for purchase, usually in the form of clay or ceramic, is a commonplace item offered in most shops across the village.

Whatever the bearing it offers, Chanchitos pigs have already descended into the hearts and minds of curious Americans who find it not only a humorous piece of sculpture for stirring interest into a garden but has also set aside interest for those looking to collect unique and delightful good luck charms for the home and garden.