The pots I don’t make.

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Two different people came in the shop this week asking me if I make a pot they are looking for. I dissapointed both of them. They are pottery types I either disagree with or am plain not interested in making.
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Here are two images off of the web illustrating the “chip and dip platter” one lady wanted. I told her I don’t make them because I find them annoying. If you want to serve chips or veggies on a platter with dip then just get a platter and a bowl that is compatible and serve the stuff. If the bowl breaks, which the ones attached to the platter as in these images always do, you can just throw away the bowl and get another one. As I explained this to her she said,”Yes, that is what has happened to the last two I have had.” Seems like a no-brainer to me.
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Here are a couple of “French Butter Keepers” I pulled off Google Images. Nice cute little pots that are almost as much conversation piece as utilitarian wares. The problem is I work in stoneware and in order for these to work properly you need earthenware clay. The way they work is you make the outer or lower pot with out glaze and put water in it. The water seeps into the porous clay and evaporates making the pot and water stay cool even in warm weather. The upper pot is glazed on the inside so the butter won’t seep into the porous clay and stink when you can’t clean it properly between uses. I am amused when I see people in this country using these made with non-porous stoneware or porcelain but keeping the pot in the refrigerator so the butter will be cool. Doh!
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My butter pot is a small lidded bowl that I recommend the customer fill with a blend of butter and olive oil and keep in a cool place. You can adjust the mixture of oils to the degree of spreadability you like.

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20 Responses to “The pots I don’t make.”

  1. Lost Coyote Says:

    …people are weird…

  2. Hollis Engley Says:

    Amen, Joe.

  3. brandon phillips Says:

    if was able to sell someone one of my butter dishes every time they asked for a french butter dish, well…i’d have a lot more money than i do now. integrity counts for something i suppose.

  4. meredith Says:

    I just had to chime it.
    I can’t agree with you more.
    I DONOT understand the “chip and dip”
    I hate pieces which only have one function- like a one trick pony.
    A nice platter and a nice bowl can be used for other things as well as “cip and Dip”.
    I have been asking the same about butter dishes or butter “bells”.
    I am not sure I understand and you have clear that up well for me.
    Thanks!

  5. steve Says:

    joe
    you are an outstanding potter
    can you throw me a ceramic toilet bowl?
    i think you could throw a comfortable shape
    and with a nice brown surface cleaning would not be as critical

  6. sara nahear Says:

    I just made a couple (4 actually) french butter bowls - I hand paint my pottery. Thought I’d get your comment about engobes on the inside for color and then not glazing. do you think it will work the same way?

  7. Joe the Potter Says:

    You should glaze the surface that will have butter on it for sanitary reasons. The bottom part that holds the water should be totally unglazed and made of a porous clay like earthenware.

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  9. Jackeline Says:

    I don’t know. I’ve been asking some of these qutinsoes for a long time, but don’t feel any closer to resolving them. I haven’t even resolved the question of whether to lose the moment in favor of preserving it in photo or video, or leave the cameras at home sometimes and risk missing an opportunity to share something great with blog readers and thereby, maybe, increase appreciation for the natural world just a little. One of my recent videopoems, The Aftermath, kind of dealt with that question.

  10. Akmal Says:

    Yes! Yes! Yes! .Thanks Parmanu for putting it asorcs so well the same thing which i have been trying to tell others so unsuccessfully. I think people have moved so far away from nature now that its difficult to get them back. Here i have stopped telling people my experiences with nature coz i fear that if more people go .they will end up destroying whatever little is left of it.

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    Hmmm….Appeltaart! Dat is lang geleden zeg (volgens mij vorig jaar nog, maar in ieder geval wyyyyay too long ago). Dus uh….stuur maar een stuk op zou ik zeggen ;-)

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