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 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. Each butter keeper is slightly different in terms of how these glazes converge. I have a rhythm of dipping and pouring the glazes that give each piece their own musicality!
Taos Butter Keeper can stay out on your counter to keep your butter soft and protected. It’s decorative and will add to the beauty 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.