I grew up near Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada and as a young adult I moved with my new husband to Sudbury in northern Ontario for work. We raised 2 daughters whom are now married. We are blessed with two grandchildren. While living in Sudbury I dabbled in many types of art. Through this process I found out that I am called to make pottery. My great great grandfather carved monument statues out of stone. I have discovered I have been blessed with this gift, but I prefer caving animals out of clay. After my husband retired we felt we should move to cottage country called Muskoka in central Ontario which was last year.
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How did you get started on Etsy?
In January 2009 I was visiting a friend and she showed me the Etsy site. Our house had been up for sale for several months with nothing happening so I decided in March 2009 to open my Etsy shop. In September 2009 our house sold. I slowed down with my Etsy until August 2010 when I felt I was settled enough to devote more time to my Etsy store.
How did you choose your shop name?
I like mysteries and in the old ones they blamed it on the butler. Since that is my last name I thought it would be interesting to call my business The Butler’s Pottery. For Etsy I decided just to use my name with my craft, simple and to the point.
I don’t have a set routine but typically I start the day by checking my email. I then have breakfast, make a cup of tea and I have some quiet time with God. I then exercise. Around 10 am it is time to work on my pottery. Depending what stage my pottery is in could be turning on the potter’s wheel, rolling out slabs, trimming existing cups and adding handles, glazing a load for the kiln or loading the kiln. I do take a lunch break. Around 5 p.m. I start supper for my husband and I. I find it easier to allocate one day a week I run errands, do house work, laundry, instead of breaking up my pottery days. When I have a sale it get packaged and sent to the post office in the morning before I start into the pottery. After supper I do some bookwork which also includes my husbands business. Often while watching T.V. and relaxing I am painting details of a piece of pottery such as a vase or sculpture. I make sure to take time off and have a cup of tea with a friend once in awhile. Sunday mornings I go to church and take it easy in the afternoon.
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I would like to visit my two daughters, their husband and the grandchildren at the same time either out west Canada where one daughter lives or in northern Ontario where my other daughter lives.
Where can we find you on the Internet?