Last month, we introduced a collection of limited-edition handmade soup bowls perfect for soup season. The collection was curated by Casey Simring and Kayla Roolaart—our head tableware buyers over on the Food52 Shop team—and filled with wares from our community of potters. As we move closer to spring menus and warmer weather this month, we’re back with a new limited-edition drop we’re excited about.
The launch features eight limited-edition, handmade butter dishes meant to be one-of-a-kind vessels for your favorite butter. As always, our buying team aimed to bring together unique wares in a variety of different styles, shapes, and designs and worked with a small collection of potters and studios to build that lineup. Once you find the perfect dish, place it on your dining table or kitchen counter to keep your butter of choice ready for spreading—salted, unsalted, or whipped; anything goes.
Keep reading for a closer look at the newest additions to our Shop. (Psst! Some of these butter keepers hold a small amount of water to keep the butter soft and spreadable. It’s simple! Just add the good stuff to the top, plus enough water in the base to create an airtight seal. Change the water every few days, and you’re golden.)
1. Handmade Butter Dish by Convival
- Studio Name: Convivial
- Location: Kansas City, Missouri
- About This Dish: Crafted by the team at Convival, this dish features a neutral color palette that will pair effortlessly with any dinner table spread.
- From the Studio: “Everything that we design and create at Convivial truly is a team effort from the design process to physically creating and carving each piece,” Danielle Coleman, Product Designer at Convivial, said. “There’s nothing like seeing your vision for a piece come to life through the hands of multiple artisans who are putting special attention into the details so that each butter keeper looks, feels, and fits well.”
- Price: $96
2. Handmade Butter Dish by This Quiet Dust
- Studio Name: This Quiet Dust
- Location: Lake Forest, Illinois
- About This Dish: Designed and handmade by Dubhe Carreño of This Quiet Dust.
- From the Artist: “My creative process is anchored in recognizing relationships between forms,” Carreño said. “In nature, we enjoy the colors and textures based on their contrast between each subject. The blue sky in contrast with the sandy land, for example. In designing this butter dish, I enjoyed creating contrast between the plate and the cover. My aim was to create a visual movement, organic in shape, asymmetrical, curvy, a morning sky holding a fluffy cloud.”
- Price: $96
3. Handmade Butter Dish by Sawyer Ceramics
- Studio Name: Sawyer Ceramics
- Location: San Diego, California
- About This Dish: Designed and handmade by Jonathan Sawyer of Sawyer Ceramics, this dish features a raw-clay exterior and a blue-glazed interior.
- From the Artist: “When I made this dish I wanted a look that was a little bit rustic while also refined,” Sawyer said. “Our partially glazed design achieves this balance as the slightly textured clay contrasts with our neatly applied glossy glaze. To achieve a sleek look for this limited collection I chose a deep navy blue glaze.”
- Price: $57
4. Handmade Butter Dish by Handmade Studio TN
- Studio Name: Handmade Studio TN
- Location: Nashville, Tennessee
- About This Dish: Designed and handmade by the team at Handmade Studio TN in Nashville, this beautiful dish has softly shaped edges, a dark matte glaze, and will get the attention it deserves on your table.
- Price: $90
5. Handmade Butter Dish by Erin Louise Clancy Ceramics
- Studio Name: Erin Louise Clancy Ceramics
- Location: Queens, New York
- About This Dish: Designed and handmade by Erin Louise Clancy, this dish combines raw clay with glaze paint strokes.
- From the Artist: “This project felt a bit like a full-circle moment as the first item I released through Food52 was a butter keeper,” Clancy said. “I love the volume that the dome creates and the ah-ha moment when you lift it from its base plate. Equally, I like that beyond being a butter dish it can find itself re-imagined as a garlic keeper, fancy dessert presenter, or really anything else you have the desire to store.”
- Price: $65
6. Handmade Butter Dish by New York Stoneware
- Studio Name: New York Stoneware
- Location: Bronx, New York
- About This Dish: This blue beauty was hand-designed, thrown, trimmed, glazed, and fired just for us. Will Reardon founded New York Stoneware in the Bronx in 2013. Every object that comes from his studio is soulful, functional, and completely handmade by him and his team.
- Price: $120
7. Handmade Butter Dish by Looks Like White
- Studio Name: Looks Like White
- Location: Montreal, Canada
- About This Dish: This white dish was created by Trudy Cane of Looks Like White ceramics studio. With a textured edge and eye-catching lid, it’ll surely be the center of attention at your next dinner party.
- Price: $82
8. Handmade Butter Dish by Recreation Center
- Studio Name: Recreation Center
- Location: Brooklyn, New York
- About This Dish: Designed and made just for us by Recreation Center, a small Brooklyn-based ceramics studio run by artist Josephine Heilpern, will add some whimsy to your dining table.
- Price: $75