What is a French butter keeper? And what is its significance to us at Sawyer Ceramics? The French butter keeper is a centuries old dish that keeps butter fresh with a unique trick that uses water to create a barrier between the butter and outside air. The base of the dish (top of photo) is filled with about a quarter inch of water and the lid of the dish is packed with soft butter. The dish is stored at room temperature with the lid inverted. The butter hangs upside down allowing the rim to touch the surface of the water(creating the seal). Not only does this store your butter in style 😎 but more importantly it stores your butter at room temperature so it is soft and spreadable. No more trying to spread cold butter tearing up your toast!😫For us, the French butter keeper symbolizes the moment in 2011 when we transitioned from making one of a kind pieces on the wheel and started to develop a product line of repeatable pieces. It’s tough to commit to a specific style when there are so many choices out there but we’re happy we did. Rather than trying to do a bit of everything it allowed us to focus on specific production techniques utilizing one clay body and only a handful of glazes. Today we have an entire product line of soon to be more than a dozen items and they all share the same red stoneware clay, speckled glaze, and simple design qualities of our original French butter keeper. 📷 by @elliebay
I've loved exploring looser, more organic decorative techniques lately. These painted wax spirals resist my green glaze and make a lovely textural and color contrast between the pooling glaze and the toasty brown bare clay. ✨✨✨🏺🏺🏺✨✨ I'll have a new series of these coming out of the kiln just in time for next Thursday's shop update! If you haven't already, mark your calendars for October 24th at noon EST.