Decorative bowls can be functional or they can, quite simply, be decorative. They can be made from a variety of materials which include ceramic, glass, metal, wood or even plastic. Wood is often used to make salad bowls. Wide ceramic bowls, if they have a non-toxic glaze, can be used as fruit bowls. Decorative glass bowls might be used to keep small items such as keys, remotes or even a cell phone grouped in a single area. Some bowls are so fragile that they need to be protected in a glass case and are only decorative.