3.25"x4" Salt-glazed Ceramic


Description of French Butter Dish 191

The French Butter Dish is unique in that it can preserve your butter without refrigeration!  Water is added to the base, and softened butter is squeezed into the lid.  When the lid is placed into the base with water, a seal is formed and the butter is fresh and soft for weeks!  An attractive and useful addition to your kitchen decor! This piece is wheel thrown with colored slip applied overall.  The interior is black glaze, with black slip strips on the butter cup. Some beautiful flashing from the kiln flame give it a rustic, organic feel.

Here’s the history behind the French Butter Dish: “A French butter dish is a container used to maintain the freshness and spreadable consistency of butter without refrigeration. This late 19th century French-designed pottery crock has two parts: a base that holds water, and a cup to hold the packed in butter which also serves as a lid. The cup containing butter is placed into the base, where water creates an airtight seal that keeps the air (and thus oxygen) away from the butter so that refrigeration is not needed, and the butter can be used in its soft form. This method will keep butter for around a month provided it is kept at temperatures below 80 °F (27 °C) and the water is changed regularly. The French butter dish design is thought to have originated in Vallauris, France. Vallauris is known for its pottery crafts. Others speculate that it was created in Brittany, or Normandy—both known for their butter production. In the 1970s and 1980s, craft potters began producing and marketing the French butter dish throughout the United States at craft fairs and in art boutiques. “French Butter Dish” became the preferred name in the USA around that time and was later adapted by potters in Europe.” Check out this link for details on how to fill the French Butter  Dish.