Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Making A Covered Butter Dish...

One of my most popular kitchen products is my covered butter dish!

Covered Butter Dish with Dot Design in Aqua Mist

First I roll a block of clay through my slab roller...

Block of Stoneware Clay

Adjusting the thickness on my slab roller. 

Rolling the clay through the slab roller
Next I use a pin tool to cut each dish out of the clay.

Cutting out the butter dish 
 After each dish is cut out of the clay from my handmade template they are folded and formed.

Each one is stamped on the bottom with a handmade stamp

Soon to be decorated!

Now it's time to decorate the dish...

decorating a butter dish
I use liquid clay called slip to draw on the clay. This technique is called sliptrailing


After the dishes dry for 7 to 10 days they go into the kiln for the first firing called "Bisque". The kiln reaches over 1900 degrees fahrenheit. When they cool they are ready for glaze.  


Covered Butter Dish in Vintage Plum

Covered Butter Dish with Handle