Father's Day Gift Ideas at Village Pottery

This Sunday, June 15th is Father's Day. That special day of the year to show your Dad how much you appreciate them. At Village Pottery we have some unique gift ideas including Midnight Surf or Celtic Shore XL Mugs perfect as a beer stein or for the coffee lover! 

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For the scotch or wine lover we have some great cups in Spearmint, Midnight Surf or Celtic shore

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The World Cup is underway which means it's time to grab some friends and catch the best soccer matches with munchies. Our chip/veggie dip platters can be used to serve wings & hot sauce, cheese & crackers, shrimp and cocktail sauce.. The list goes on.. 

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Village Pottery will be open Satuday 10-5 & Sunday 11-5. We are located at 10567 Route 6 in New London, PEI  

Hope to see you in the shop!  

The Story Behind the French Butter Dish

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One question we get asked a lot in the pottery shop is about the french butter dish. 

 A French butter dish is a container used to maintain the freshness and spreadable consistency of butter without refrigeration. This late 19th century French-designed pottery crock has two parts: a base that holds water, and a cup to hold the packed in butter which also serves as a lid. The cup containing butter is placed into the base, where water creates an airtight seal that keeps the air (and thus oxygen) away from the butter so that refrigeration is not needed, and the butter can be used in its soft form. This method will keep butter for around a month provided it is kept at temperatures below 80 °F (27 °C) and the water is changed regularly. The French butter dish design is thought to have originated in VallaurisFrance. Vallauris is known for its pottery crafts. Others speculate that it was created in Brittany, or Normandy—both known for their butter production.

In the 1970s and 1980s, craft potters began producing and marketing the French butter dish throughout the United States at craftfairs and in art boutiques. "French Butter Dish" became the preferred name in the USA around that time and was later adapted by potters in Europe. By the end of the 20th century, French butter dishes became popular enough for manufactured versions to appear.

We've got a great selection of french butter dishes in the shop right now but I'll warn you, they sell out quickly and it's not something we always make so if you'd like one for sure, send an email to hello@villagepottery.ca or phone (902) 886-2473

 

 

Village Pottery Art Gallery

New pieces have been arriving daily for our art gallery. If you haven't checked it out yet, it's located on the second level of the shop. Margaret England is the well known artist who uses fabric, thread and her sewing machine to create scenes. Here are a few of her pieces currently available in the shop 

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Marilyn MacEwen is a local artist who paints landscapes of PEI. We have many of her smaller pieces scadered around the shop like this popular one of Stanley Bridge (just minutes from our shop) as well as the canola fields 

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We also have a few of Marilyn's new window frame paintings. Love this sunset painting against our yellow wall 

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Kimberly Naumann is back again this year with her whimsical paintings. We just love her owl and bird paintings!

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New to the art gallery this year is Niki Heddle's Naturally Inspired Art. She uses pebbles and stones from the shore to create different scenes. We are very excited to be the exclusive retailer for her work on PEI! Check it out  

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We also have some really neat photos from Mike England, paintings by Marcia Trerice and Donalda Doucette. Drop by the shop soon to see the original pieces of artwork for yourself!