By Colleen Conrad from ConradDesigns
Introducing Joyce Butler of Butler Pottery

Snowflake Ornament
Joyce is hosting a giveaway.  The winner of Joyce's giveaway will receive a snowflake ornament, pictured.  To be entered to win, visit Joyce's shop (Butler Pottery) and then come back HERE and leave a comment with your favorite item in her shop.  Please include your email so we can contact you if you are the winner. The winner will be announced on next Wednesday's Featured Artist post.

Bowl Blue Ribbed
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.

Green and Blue Mug

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.

Iris Vase
What does a typical day look like for you?
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.

Match Box Holder
 Where would you like to be for a day?
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.

Marble Blue  Necklace
What is your favorite bible verse?
I don’t have a favorite verse but I do have a favorite chapter, Palms 139. If I had to pick a verse I’d pick verse 13 of this chapter. For You formed my inward parts. You wove me in my mother’s womb. TNISB.

Artic Picnic
What is your favorite Etsy item listing to feature?
My three polar bears having a picnic is my favorite item to list. I call it Arctic Picnic.

Where can we find you on the Internet?

Thanks so much to Joyce for sharing with us.  Please take a moment to visit her shopBe sure to return to this blog post to leave a comment about your favorite item for a chance to win the snowflake ornament.

Comments (8)

On January 26, 2011 at 7:42 AM , EmbroidersandQuilts said...

Wow!! Your work is beautiful! If I have to pick one, I'd have to say I love the Rusty Red Bowl 11. I see a potential birthday gift for my favorite sister-in-law! The colors appear perfect. Beautiful!
Have a wonderful day!

On January 26, 2011 at 8:17 AM , Kristina said...

It was so great to find this blog. I'm a Christian freelance clothing designer, hoping to launch from Etsy, so I feel like coming across the blog was a blessing.

Kristina J.

On January 26, 2011 at 11:17 AM , Sue Runyon said...

This is wonderful. I love reading about our Team Members and getting to know them better. For those who don't know it, Joyce has just joined the CAST blog team. Be sure and scroll down to Monday's Devotion post and read her very first post on the blog!

On January 26, 2011 at 12:17 PM , MYSAVIOR said...

Great feature! If I have to pick a favorite this would have to be it.

I love it! Imagine it with Spring flowers in it.


On January 26, 2011 at 11:58 PM , pfd said...

Joyce, nice meeting you and seeing your pottery. My fav would be the unique flower candle holder. Very cute!

Colleen, great job on doing the feature!

On January 28, 2011 at 5:47 AM , Deb (Two Cheeky Monkeys) said...

Lovely to read about you Joyce, and find your beautiful store! I have now hearted it and am enjoying looking around. :)

I really like the Sky Blue and Sand Pink Goblet and the Rose Pink Heart Cream and Sugar. I think you should definitely make more of those cream and sugar sets!

On January 28, 2011 at 9:34 AM , SHEILA said...

I like the Iris vase above, but also this beautiful goblet-the shape and colors are beautiful

Nice getting to know you Joyce

On January 29, 2011 at 11:50 AM , Butler Pottery said...

Thanks you for all your comments. This is a great site because we love Jesus