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
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.
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.
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.