Monday, February 4, 2008

bee skep butter dish

Green hive butter dish
Originally uploaded by Bridgman Pottery
I find myself making this from over and over again. This photo is one of the first butter dishes I made, inspired by the straw bee skeps scattered around the kitchen gardens in Old Salem, a historic district in Winston-Salem, NC, also the home of Salem College. I made the horizontal ridges with a Jepson wood profile tool just after throwing, while the piece was still wet. The top form is a bottomless cylinder, collared in at the top and closed with a finial form. I use my lid calipers to ensure a snug fit between the saucer and lid.

These come in celadon, yellow, and cobalt, in a variety of sizes and are good for covering cheeses as well as butter.

Also, I have to say thank you to Molly over at Mollycoddle for showcasing my little sea urchin, blog, and etsy store. Thank you, Molly! The blog love couldn't have come at a better time!


Mama said...

It has such a beautiful shape... No wonder you're drawn to making more! Just beautiful. Everything you create is so lovely.

Malsy (THE Moe of DMOE) said...

sorry to be so clueless, but what is a skep? Idon't remember seeing many at Salem, but My view was a bunch different that yours!