Astier de Villatte

Lion Butter Dish


Although Astier de Villatte is Parisian, the founders refer to their home as ‘little Tibet’ due to the high volume of Tibetan refugees working there. They have ex-monks who chant while they create and a relaxed approach to production that prioritises spirit over supply. This wonderful part of the maker’s story is apparent when you come face to face with the unique character of each creation. This butter dish is one such example, complete with a lion impressed into the bright-white glaze.

Product number: 2212602115

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Meet the maker:

Astier de Villatte

Old friends Ivan Pericoli and Benoît Astier de Villatte met at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, leading to the launch of Astier de Villatte in 1996. Since the beginning, they’ve been charmed with ideas of the imperfect, finding beauty in uneven glazes, dark pockmarks and subtle ripples. But these details only emphasise the craft tale behind each piece – stories that start with a single sheet of black terracotta clay extracted from Parisian quarries. They follow traditional Roman methods to bring each ‘dream object’ to life, shaping and inscribing each one with the potter’s initials and finishing with a high-shine white porcelain glaze.