Friday, April 11, 2014

things with lids

I can't even begin to tell you how many times I have had people ask if we had covered butter dishes. I have been working out how to do them the same way as I make lidded ovals. I found a youtube video of a potter that makes them in much the same way I had in mind and I incorporated some of his techniques.
I started by throwing a ring of clay and splitting it. The first two didn't have enough clay in the center. It took a few tries to get it right.

I then shaped the two rings into squared off ovals.

I then added slabs for the lid and bottom tray, knobs, feet, and decoration.

They took FOREVER  to complete!

And I only ended up with three. The next ones should go quicker, now that I have worked out the kinks.

It took me awhile but I am finally feeling productive once more. I finished these casseroles as well as some oval bakers this week.

Today we unload the kiln and pack for the Potters of the Piedmont Show in Greensboro. This is our first year there. The weather is looking great. If you are in the area be sure to check it out!


  1. GAWDAMN Meesh those are BRILLIANT and beautiful butter dishes :)

  2. Great butter dishes, especially love the carving, perfect way to construct them too. Never will get what you put into them though, will you? Sigh.... A $100 butter dish is a hard sell, haha!

  3. I hope yesterday's show was awesome! Those butter dishes are gorgeous!

  4. Tracey - yeah, I don't know if I can sell them for what they are worth time-wise. Tom White makes great butter dishes and some of his are over $100... but then again, I am not Tom White!

  5. Clever methodology, beautiful dish but I'm with Tracey on the economics. I think I'd see how 4 or 5 do before I made 100 of them.

  6. the butter dishes are beautuful, since they match your other work someone may just have to splurge, there's always gift certificates for those wanting to let other's pick out their special gift, they might splurge for their friend or relative easier than they would for themselves, good luck at the show

  7. Several years ago I followed that same video and tried to make a butter dish. It was a disaster, your's look so much better. I gave up because it seemed the amount of time and effort it took was not worth the results I got. I'm so glad the design has worked well for you.


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