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Folded Butter Dish

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Meghan says: I love to create pieces that will be used every day - to make something pretty prosaic into a thing of beauty. This butter dish is a little work of art that can live in your fridge or on your kitchen table. Each piece is individually handcrafted and will have slight variations to the piece in the photograph.

While majoring in Architectural Engineering and spending the beginning of my career designing building materials, I developed an obsession with a structure's details: the curve of a downspout, the delicacy of a window, the geometry of a heating grate. The illustrations on my pottery are inspired by buildings that I have seen while traveling throughout the US, Europe, and Asia over the last few years. The inspiration for this cream and red butter dish is a fanlight window on the Royal Pavilion, in Brighton England.

I create each top and base from a slab of stoneware clay, which is carefully draped and folded over wooden blocks. The design is hand-drawn with a bright red underglaze and then glazed in a glossy clear - making it food, microwave and dishwasher safe.
Stoneware Clay, Glaze
Meghan Howard
Ceramics Design Challenge

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Emily, UncommonGoods

May 14, 2014 02:57:08 PM

From this butter dish's delicate corner folds to its hand drawn designs, we can't help but feel completely charmed with this piece. Would you want Meghan's design in your kitchen?

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May 14, 2014 07:12:19 PM

clean lines with interesting decal work - creative thought - keep them coming.

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May 14, 2014 09:02:14 PM

Hands down the winner. Amazing craft.


May 14, 2014 10:09:54 PM

Beautiful stuff!

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May 15, 2014 10:09:19 AM

what a unique piece of art!! I love it!


May 15, 2014 11:51:28 AM

Quality woman-made ceramics, with flair and whimsy. Would make a wonderful (and useful!) addition to anyone's table.

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May 15, 2014 08:30:19 PM

thanks for all of the nice comments, everyone!

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May 15, 2014 09:02:13 PM

We adore Meghan's works. She is an extremely talented and creative artist. Thumbs up


May 16, 2014 08:50:05 AM

We have several pieces of Meghan's work. All lovely, No question--thumbs up!

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May 16, 2014 12:41:26 PM

Love all her designs

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May 16, 2014 07:05:19 PM

The folded corners remind me of the folds on a store-bought stick of butter, but they hide and reveal the design. Whimsical and clever.

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May 17, 2014 02:20:31 PM

Creative and cute

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May 18, 2014 06:33:34 AM

Very unique - sure to be a butter dish that people remember.

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May 18, 2014 08:19:01 AM

Potential cleaning problems


May 18, 2014 09:42:01 AM

Love this!

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May 18, 2014 11:17:39 PM

Thanks for the feedback, D. It's great when people think about how a piece will be used. Fortunately, all of the folds on the lid are on the exterior, so cleaning should be the same as a typical butter dish.

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May 19, 2014 12:16:41 AM

How to keep inside the folds clean? But I love it.

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May 19, 2014 11:14:47 AM

I want one!

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May 19, 2014 09:16:29 PM

Who would think a butter dish could be a work of art? I would definitely want this on my counter, and on my table.

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May 19, 2014 09:16:29 PM

Who would think a butter dish could be a work of art? I would definitely want this on my counter, and on my table.

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May 20, 2014 05:26:07 AM

It's pretty but who uses butter dishes these days? Can't imagine you would sell many of these.


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June 02, 2014 04:08:28 AM

Super cute - love the "folded" look!


June 02, 2014 01:30:55 PM

Love butter dishes. I would buy this! Also it is different syle then most with the folds.


June 03, 2014 05:39:41 PM

Want it. It's very cool

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