Taos Butter Keeper was hand-built from stoneware clay. I start by making a single template. I designed the template for either sizes of butter sticks – long and narrow and short and fat. Now I can cut several butter keepers from a single slab of clay, rolled to between 1/8″ and 1/4″ thick. I cut the form from clay rolled to an even thickness with a slab roller and then construct it.
The handle is made from a rolled and textured strip of clay that I fashion into a knot and attach to the lid. Each Taos butter keeper has a unique handle.
I call the glaze “Taos” because the 4-part glaze technique I have developed over the years pays homage to the Northern New Mexico landscape: big blue skies, green pinon (pine) trees, playful clouds, and golden sun.
Taos Butter Keeper can stay out on your counter so your butter is softened but protected, always ready to spread with ease. Handmade, strong ceramic is beautiful and will add to the decor of your kitchen or table. It can also go in the fridge of course. Makes a great gift for wedding, anniversary, or just about any occasion. It’s sturdy and durable.