Taos Butter Keeper was hand-built from stoneware clay. First, I made the template based on the size of both types of butter sticks – long and narrow and short and somewhat wider. I designed the template so that the butter keeper will hold either size of stick. I cut the form from clay rolled to an even thickness with a slab roller and then constructed 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 overlapping blue, green, cream and gold glazes creates a kind of dynamic landscape that I feel is reminiscent of Northern New Mexico, where I live.