This 11" pure butter milk slab is a reproduction of a 19th century English iron stone display ceramic piece used in grocery stores to keep butter and cheese fresh. Used for iron stone cake holders, dairy slabs and butter slabs have a great decorative appeal.
The dimensions are 12 inches in diameter and 2 to 3 inches in height. They are made from Cone 6 sandstones with white glaze and black glaze lettering. All surfaces are safe glazes for food. Before mechanical refrigeration, it was necessary to keep dairy products fresh. These milk plates were kept outside during the winter nights and then placed in the window containing butter and cheese to prevent it from melting.During the warm season, these dairy slabs were placed on a block of ice and remained cool for dairy products above them. It was also common for a glass dome to be above to keep flies away. The milk slabs living soul pottery are delivered with different lettering configurations. The following items can be ordered custom-made. 4-8 weeks of production time.
Photo of client kay wacker. Thanks for the great picture, kay.
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