feature written by Elisabeth Arona of AronaDesigns
Today we are featuring Cathryn Barger of Eden Pottery! She has offered a giveaway of a beautiful "wonderfully purple" pendant (pictured below.) To enter, please go to her SHOP and find your favorite item, then come back here and comment telling us what it is! Remember, just commenting won't do it! Please include your email to make it easier to contact you!
Your name: Cathryn Barger
Your shop name(s): EdenPottery
Tell us about yourself!: I live in South Western, Ohio with my husband and 4 & 3 year old son and daughter. Since my home studio resides out in the country, I get a lot of my color inspirations for decorating my pottery from nature.
How did you get your start on Etsy? Before Etsy, sales had always come easy for me through fairs and shows. But after posting a few items on Etsy to just try it out, I was feeling a little discouraged with all the waiting for just one sale. It took a couple months, but I finally got my first sale after joining a few teams on Etsy.
How did you choose your shop name? I named my business after my biggest inspiration, my daughter Eden. Even though I had been creating pottery before she came along, she is the one I wanted to leave a legacy for. And even at the age of 3, she is already taking an interest in my work.
What does a typical day look like for you? I am still a mom first and a potter second, so I usually spend my time in the studio when the kids are playing quietly or in bed. I begin my day with finishing the pieces that I've thrown the night before. They need trimmed, altered or cleaned up before they are ready for their 1 week drying time. I usually sit down and throw several pots in a couple hours time. My stoneware requires two kiln firings, so I spend a couple hours a week just loading and unloading my kiln. There is also glazing my work, cleaning the studio, preparing the clay for the next day and so much more.
If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be? Ravenna, Italy. I've always wanted to go there after studying in school about their churches full of gorgeous mosaics. The country is rich with ancient pottery techniques, culture and food.
What is your favorite Bible verse? It's a verse that I have drawn to every time I had a need that I couldn't figure out how to meet. 'Call on Me and I will answer Thee, and show Thee great and mighty things that though knowest not.' Jeremiah 33:3
What is your favorite Etsy item listing to feature? The pie or casserole plate pictured above.
URLs to where else we can find you on the internet (Facebook fan page, Twitter, your own dot.com, your blog, etc)
Thank you for agreeing to be featured Cathryn! Everyone go check out your shop and by all means enter to win her pendant!