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 forAnd 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)
www.edenpottery.com/
www.facebook.com/EdenPottery
www.twitter.com/EdenPottery
Thank you for agreeing to be featured Cathryn! Everyone go check out your shop and by all means enter to win her pendant! 

Comments (23)

On February 8, 2012 at 11:05 AM , Carolyn said...

i really like the cobalt blue heart yarn bowl. my husband has been wanting to get me a yarn bowl since there is yarn rolling all over the house all the time :-)
moonstitch.etsy.com

 
On February 8, 2012 at 11:18 AM , ZudaGay said...

So nice to meet you Cathryn, lovely pottery!! This was easy...I LOVE your tea pot!!!!

 
On February 8, 2012 at 11:47 AM , Julia Badgley said...

I love your oak leaf platter. Very nice!
Beautiful pottery!

 
On February 8, 2012 at 11:50 AM , krafterskorner said...

I really want one of those yarn bowls someday!

 
On February 8, 2012 at 12:11 PM , KarenW said...

Great shop. Lots of pretty things. I love the pie plate!

 
On February 8, 2012 at 12:29 PM , sammysgrammy said...

I'm amazed that your shop is Eden Pottery and so is your daughter's name. I was thinking of the garden where it all began - and that dirt (clay) that God used to form Adam. And from which so many useful vessels can be formed. Our Father even called Himself, The Potter. So connected ..........

 
On February 8, 2012 at 1:40 PM , MYSAVIOR said...

I have to say that your work is just beautiful and my favorite is the piggy. My daughter collects piggys so I have hearted the bank.

♥♥♥
Sue

 
On February 8, 2012 at 1:45 PM , Thistle Cove Farm said...

The four cup batter bowl is begging for some brownie mix!

 
On February 8, 2012 at 2:10 PM , NellywithWings said...

Beautiful pottery. I loved your note on leaving a legacy to your daughter. It touched me. My favorite work of yours is your cobalt blue pottery, especially the mug.

 
On February 8, 2012 at 2:55 PM , AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

LOVE the cobalt blue yarn bowl...I don't use yarn but I want to just display it!
my email - garnet@rochester.rr.com

 
On February 8, 2012 at 3:32 PM , Anonymous said...

Love your work...I'm so happy with my pieces that I have received as gifts...God has blessed you with a great talent...

 
On February 8, 2012 at 3:47 PM , Crafty Mommas said...

great shop and beautiful pottery! I love this piece the best b/c it is pretty and I know I would get use out of it

http://www.etsy.com/listing/85280139/3-cup-batter-or-mixing-bowl-in-bluegrass

 
On February 8, 2012 at 4:34 PM , Niki Jackson said...

Beautiful pottery, I love the chocolate brown yarn bowl, what a neat idea! Blessings Niki x

 
On February 8, 2012 at 6:54 PM , v+s+m+i+a+c said...

Wow, beautiful work!

 
On February 8, 2012 at 7:41 PM , Angels and Everlastings said...

Love the teapot!

 
On February 8, 2012 at 7:43 PM , Love, Yesterdays said...

Love your work! I absolutely adore the yarn bowls...cobalt would be my first choice but any of them would do!

Would love to have that pendant!
Lisa
kimfdim [at] aol [dot] com

 
On February 8, 2012 at 9:35 PM , LittleElf said...

Love your shop. I really admire anyone who can do pottery, it looks so fun to me. You do such lovely work!

Hugs,
Elfie ^_^

 
On February 8, 2012 at 10:10 PM , Melissa G. said...

I love your items!

missylovsjesus@yahoo.com

 
On February 9, 2012 at 9:05 AM , SHEILA said...

I admire pottery artists. It's something I've never tried, but it looks fun. I think the yarn bowls in your shop are ingenious.
sewsimplesheila@aol.com

 
On February 9, 2012 at 9:09 AM , simplynotesandtotes said...

I love all of this beautiful pottery. We have over 100 potters down in Seagrove, NC - about 30 minutes from us. We have collected pottery over the years - mainly buying it at school auctions - helps the school and we get a nice piece of pottery ----What I love in your shop is the white yarn bowl - I love to crochet and knit - that's a great idea.
totes@embarqmail.com

 
On February 9, 2012 at 10:31 AM , RyensMarketplace said...

When I was growing up we had some stoneware plates and bowls. I loved them. Your style reminds me of that set. It is heavy and beautiful. My favorite piece is your Milky White Yarn bowl. My mom used to have a plastic yarn holder when I was younger but it was to light and would roll across the floor. Your design is heavy and would prevent rolling. This is just a wonderful piece!

 
On February 9, 2012 at 2:59 PM , Sue Runyon said...

Great to see your smiling face, Cathryn. I've always wanted to go to Ravenna too!

 
On February 10, 2012 at 1:05 PM , EdenPottery said...

Thanks everyone for your kinds words and encouragement! The winner of the Pendant is SimplyNotesandTotes! Yeeeehhh!