by Colleen Conrad from Conrad Designs

Introducing Lynn Unruh of ClaySoul
Fairy Tale Toad House
Lynn is hosting a giveaway.  To be entered to win this beautiful item from her shop, the Fairy Tale Toad House, please visit Lynn's Shop, ClaySoul, then come back to this blog post and leave a comment about 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.

Introduction
I owe my life, physical and spiritual, to my Savior, Jesus. He walks with me and keeps me in the light.
I love to garden and I love to create art for the garden. I now have more time to create because my three beautiful daughters have all moved out of the nest. My husband and I still live in the nest which is on an old farmstead in rural Kansas right next to Marion Reservoir. You’ve never heard of it? Incredible! There is lots of wildlife wandering around out here. As a matter of fact I just saw a covey of about 20 quails cross the backyard. We also get lots of deer which are beautiful but they eat my flowers!! We use an old house on the property that we fixed up as a bed & breakfast. We have been doing this for six years and we love it. Our website is www.northshore-guesthouse.com.
Pippin The Toad House
As a child I lived in the orient for about three years and fell in love with the natives and the architecture. That is the reason I create so many oriental pieces. I also adore fantasy and story book land and try and spend as much time there as I can. I don’t want reality in my pottery, I want whimsy.
How did you get your start on Etsy?
I was looking for an outlet for my pottery pieces and my friend told me about Etsy. I thought that I would give it a try and how much fun it has been! Etsy is so great; they give so much. A perfect friend for a starving artist.

How did you choose your shop name?
I started with ClayWorks; of course that was taken so I started playing with different endings and eventually ended up with Soul. Our skills and talents are gifts of the soul so it seems to make sense.
Pastel Palace Toad House

What does a typical day look like for you?
Starts with scripture and coffee; no better way to start any day. Computer time is next; doing my work on Etsy, answering emails, researching the questions of the day, etc… Then it is off to do my chores for the home, garden and bed & breakfast work. After all this is taken care of I take time to create my pottery pieces. It brings me much joy and satisfaction to build with clay. Evening is family and friend time.

If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be?
I love the Pacific Northwest and would love to spend a day hiking there in the rain forest.

Mother of All Toad Houses
What is your favorite Bible verse?
How can I choose just one? Okay, one of my favorites is John 6:28 & 29: Then they said to Him, “What shall we do that we may do the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”


Elfin Castle Nightlight

What is your favorite Etsy item listing to feature?
My favorite right now is the Elfin Nightlight. It gives me happy feelings.

Where can we find you on the internet?
I do have a Facebook fan page; just type in ClaySoul in the search and you will find my page. Many of the pictures on my fan page are in process pictures along with past and present finished pieces. Often my plan for my pieces goes awry. Such is art.

Thanks so much to Lynn for sharing with us.  Please take a moment to visit ClaySoulBe sure to return to this blog post to leave a comment about your favorite item for a chance to win the Lynn's giveaway item, the Fairy Tale Toad House.

AND . . . the winner of last week's give away, the gorgeous "Megan" from Chin-Lu is Crafty Momma.  I will contact both of you soon.



Comments (17)

On May 18, 2011 at 9:40 AM , nixojo said...

Lynn's work is so fantastic! I can't decide if I like her Blossoming Bavarian Toad House or her Lavender Lady Toad House more. I just love her creations!

nixojo@gmail.com

 
On May 18, 2011 at 12:07 PM , Art and Sew Forth said...

What a cool shop!! And your gardens are gorgeous. Hard to pick a fave, but I do like The Elfin Castle Nightlight or Lantern. Great interview!
Catcalls.etsy.com

 
On May 18, 2011 at 4:22 PM , Little Red Hen said...

Lynn’s work is amazing! I think my absolute favorite would have to be “the Lighthearted Loo.” I’d buy it, but unfortunately my loo is more the size of a water closet, haha.
Keep up the wonderful artwork!
TNKyles@gmail.com

 
On May 18, 2011 at 7:58 PM , Jan said...

I love the fairy tale toad house, and the pastel palace toad house! Your bed and breakfast sounds delightful too!

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On May 18, 2011 at 8:32 PM , Anonymous said...

My favorite is the light hearted loo, everything else is just as wonderful but my Arkansas roots lean toward the outhouse'
carolestone1

 
On May 18, 2011 at 8:36 PM , carole stone said...

repeat of above

 
On May 18, 2011 at 10:52 PM , AndersonsCreations said...

Lynn's work is so incredible. It makes it hard to choose a favorite. Neat to hear about her process. What a creative artist. I guess my favorite would be Lavender Lady Toad House. Keep on creating.

andersonsangoracreations@yahoo.com

 
On May 19, 2011 at 8:58 AM , Sue Runyon said...

Just loved reading more about Lynn. Love all her work. I lived in South Korea for two years so the Asian touches especially.

 
On May 19, 2011 at 10:42 AM , Z of ZKNITZ said...

I like the pastel palace. How long does it take to make one of these houses.

 
On May 19, 2011 at 3:18 PM , MYSAVIOR said...

Lynn - you are so blessed to be able to create and actually live where you are. The beauty of the Lord is all around you.The people who get to visit your Bed and Breakfast are very blessed.
Your creations are so beautiful and it is difficult to choose a favorite. I love the Elfin Castle but the colors of the Lavendar Lady Toadhouse are exquisite.
So very glad to meet you.

♥♥♥
Sue

 
On May 19, 2011 at 3:57 PM , Crafty Momma said...

they are all so cute!!! I think my fav is the mother of all toad houses. any of them I know my daughter would LOVE to have in our garden and she would check it often for fairies :-) bamcraftymommas@yahoo.com

 
On May 19, 2011 at 7:28 PM , Meghann LittleStudio said...

What gorgeous work! It is hard to choose a favorite (I love the Fairy pieces), but I would have to say the "Your Basic Samurai Bird Feeder" http://www.etsy.com/listing/66436489/your-basic-samurai-bird-feeder
Would be my favorite. I love to feed the many birds at our house and I could see the many varieties fitting nicely and enjoying a good breakfast on it :)

 
On May 19, 2011 at 10:46 PM , Maria S said...

Wow! Lovely work! I love the fairy pieces and I think that "Pippin the Toad House" is my favorite. I like the color combination. It really reminds me of the colors I saw together when I was in China 1.5 years ago. Thanks for sharing your giftings with us!
cuddlebugkids.etsy@gmail.com

 
On May 19, 2011 at 11:12 PM , Deb (Two Cheeky Monkeys) said...

Oh Lynn, your creations are so cute - love them!

 
On May 20, 2011 at 4:52 PM , Carrie said...

I love the whimsy in your work! Thanks so much for sharing your story!

 
On May 20, 2011 at 6:15 PM , Trish said...

Awesome, Lynn! I have to say that my favorite is the Bavarian Toad House. If I don't win, I'm just going to have to break down and buy one myself!

 
On May 24, 2011 at 9:20 AM , Sarah said...

I love your work, Lynn!! It's so hard to pick a favorite, but I'm very partial to the toad houses.

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