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.