This palm-sized pinched flask was all alone, sitting on a shelf destined for the trash. I can't believe that no one found it interesting or attractive enough to purchase it at a thrift store. It looks and feels like stoneware with an ash glaze with beautiful variations of color. An Asian makers mark is signed with oxides on it's nickel-sized base. Maybe Japanese? It can stand upright even though it looks unfiesible. I think it is beautiful and I am glad we found each other. If anybody out there has any information regarding this kind of pottery, or has seen another like it, I'd appreciate hearing from you.