Butter Crock and Spreader

This butter serving set includes a two-part stoneware server and a walnut wood spreader.
featured in the

Uncommon Collection


featured in the uncommon collection

Better Butter

Bring functional elegance to your table with Justin Riehl's finely-crafted butter serving set. For serving, fill the glazed stoneware bell with prepared butter and present it on the matching plate with the handsomely complementary walnut wood spreader. Turn the bell over on the plate to protect the butter and perfectly hold the spreader in two custom notches, keeping it safely suspended until the next delectable spread. The subtly mottled, reactive glaze brings unique color variations to each piece. Stoneware pieces made in Illinois; spreader made in West Virginia.


Made in Illinois

Exclusively for UncommonGoods

Justin Riehl and R&L Ceramics for the Uncommon Collection

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Justin Riehl and R&L Ceramics for the Uncommon Collection



The Butter Crock and Spreader was designed by Justin Riehl and produced by R&L Ceramics.

Justin Riehl is an industrial designer living and working in the Pacific Northwest. He pursues ceramics to feed his need to make things with his hands, as ceramics satisfies his impulsive need to create as well as his design philosophy. Justin strives to create designs where simple changes in form make the object more pleasant to use and own. He is also a lover and creator of music, enjoys anything camera-related, and, above all, loves learning how things work and how they are made.

Started in 1982 out of necessity, R&L Ceramics produces beautiful ceramic, stoneware, and porcelain pieces, and introduces the public to the joys of ceramic making. Owner and operator Linda Littlejohn has been nationally recognized for her painting and firing techniques. Based in Roscoe, Illinois, R & L expanded in 2007 to offer full-scale production. Today, the company employs 2 full-time workers and 2 part-time and is still hiring. They produce ceramic pieces for more than 30 artists, entrepreneurs, and companies throughout the United States.

Each item in the Uncommon Collection meets five important standards. Here's how Butter Crock and Spreader qualified for the Collection:

Original Design

Justin Riehl was tired of putting his butter knife on the dish next to the lid and getting butter everywhere. After some research, he couldn't find a product like that anywhere, so he set about designing and making his Butter Crock & Spreader. The set is designed to incorporate the dual functions of storing and serving butter. For serving, the glazed stoneware bell filled with prepared butter is presented on the matching plate with the complementary walnut wood spreader. For butter storage, the bell is inverted on the plate to protect the butter and perfectly hold the spreader in two custom notches. The design is rendered with the natural appeal of glazed stoneware and walnut wood.

Responsible Business Practices

mission statement

fair wage

R&L Ceramics pays employees a starting wage of $8.25/hr., which increases to $10.00/hr. after a 2 week probation period, which falls within 10% of Winnebago County's living wage.

- Local (Illinois State) minimum wage: $8.25 - Federal minimum wage: $7.25 - Living wage of Winnebago County: $10.07

paid time off

The company does not have a formal PTO policy, but meets all of our other criteria for responsible business practices.

recycling primary/secondary materials

The company recycles all of their unfired clay and all of their plaster molds. The plastic jars that glazes come in are also recycled. They recycle all plastic, cardboard, plaster, and aluminum. Unused pieces are donated to their local school art programs.

charitable giving

R&L donates approximately 5% of their profits to charities, including Rock House (Kids), Rockford Rescue Mission, St. Vincent's Charity, Riverside Community Church, and St. Judes Childrens Hospital. They also make product donations to their local schools, including a school for troubled kids. Discontinued glazes and molds, greenware, and bisque pieces are donated to a senior center.

Environmentally Friendly Materials

Stoneware and walnut wood—natural source materials.

Resourceful Packaging

The Butter Crock & Spreader is packaged in partially recycled and fully recyclable/compostable box.


There's one place—and only one place—where you'll find the Butter Crock & Spreader: UncommonGoods.

Exclusive Made in the USA
Made from
stoneware, walnut wood
See below for measurements.
Stoneware pieces are dishwasher and oven safe, spreader is Hand wash - do not soak.
Saucer: 1.5" H x 6.5" diameter

Butter Crock: 3.5" H x 3.75" diameter, 11 fl. oz. capacity

Spreader: 6.5" L x 1" W x 0.25" D
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within 8 days, arriving no later than the 9th business day after the order was placed.
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within 4 days, arriving 5 business days after the order was placed.
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within 2 days, arriving 3 business days after the order was placed.
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within 1 day, arriving 2 business days after the order was placed.
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will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.

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Elegant design and functional


Nice product. Received one version with manufacturing flaw (a result of it being hand made), but company was quick to replace with a flawless replacement.

Arlington VA

This is lovely


My experience with 'butter bells' in the past, required that they have water in the bottom as an additional seal for air. This product does not call for that, so I was curious. The butter keeps beautifully without water. It does not take up too much space and looks beautiful next to our homemade bread (which is there all the time :)) Such a great additon. Love this!

Leucadia, CA


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