Tuesday, October 14, 2008
A couple of days ago I purchased several plastic forms I thought I could use as hump molds to make a butter dish. I thought of making a butter dish because it's a ceramic piece which doesn't have to belong to a set. Folks might like a unique butter dish, not necessarily matching the rest of their kitchen ware.
Also the great thing about using ceramics to house food which should be kept slightly chilled is that ceramics absorb the cold and retain it longer, keeping the food firm and cooler. Ceramics will also keep food warm longer for the same reason.
But let me back up. Just as I was walking out the front door, I heard a new email announced on my computer. I had to see if there was something important. I received an email from Cynthia Guajardo of Colorado Art Studio's about butter dishes. I was thinking it must be Halloween because it was so eerie that I had intended on making a ceramic butter dish today too.
So I drove to the studio, rolled out my clay and started right in. The hump mold I chose was a bit larger than a butter dish, but I reasoned that it would shrink some. A long story short, the butter dish became a cheese keeper because the dish is a little too large to keep butter in.
My "Say Cheese!" cheese keeper was constructed in much the same way that Cynthia has outlined so well in her post. My dish is just a little larger and is great for cheese. A few posts back I was saying I had always wanted to make a ceramic piece with lettering on it and had never had a chance, well today was the day. Anyway I have a smaller mold to make a butter dish which I will try tomorrow.