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Here's a doodle I did recently of a fish on my living room wall. I was inspired by the whimsical graphic-ness of it and decided to give drawing a whirl. Through the magic of my photo-silkscreen process here it is fired into the lid of this French butter crock.

For those of you unfamiliar with the concept of the french butter crock, "FBC" as I call them, here it is. It's a low-tech way to keep your butter soft, spreadable, and fresh, all without refrigeration. Simply pack your butter tightly into the tube and put enough water in the bottom part to form a seal. Air, the culprit for turning butter rancid, is kept away from the butter by the water. Change the water every few days, keep out of direct sunlight and you'll be amazed at how these really do work. And besides, when not in use you get to look at a pretty cool handmade crock sitting on your tabletop instead of butter tucked away and hard as a rock in the fridge!

This guy measures 4" tall and 6" across from handle to handle. I measure the tube part to see how much it holds liquid-wise, this one holds almost 7 ozs, so I'm thinking a stick and a half would pack in nicely.I've started to make a slight curve inward to help keep the butter from sliding out when your room gets too toasty. (It's only happened to me once, one day in August, that's when I started the improved design. but I live in Northern Wisconsin, don't have air conditioning :)) Instructions are included in case you forget what to do with this rather strange looking pot, or are planning to give it as a gift.

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Stoneware French Butter Crock, Abstract Fish Line Drawing


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: stoneware clay, handmade ceramic decals, high fire cone 11 glazes, silicone pads
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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