A savvy gardener who’s familiar with indoor gardening can probably tell you all about how the cloche (pronounced as clawsh) was originally designed to protect plants from frost damage. The word “cloche” is borrowed from French word, meaning “bell”. Among English speakers, these bell-shaped glass covers are also commonly known as bell jars. Nowadays, the cloches’ design has found a variety of uses that go beyond the garden. Some have handles and come with glass or wooden trays. Depending on size and shape, cloches can also be placed over plates to keep food fresh and warm, or they can be used as display covers for miscellaneous items.