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The Butlers Pottery And Creations

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Announcement    I AM TAKING A BREAK FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS. I WILL MAIL YOUR ORDER WHEN I RETURN AROUND OCTOBER 10th Thank you for your patience.

Do you feel you are in a rut and need a change? I felt like this most of my life until I discovered clay. It’s never too late to start a new career.
My pottery journey, my passion, didn’t start until my 40’s. Many years later I still must make pottery. There is nothing more satisfying than creating something out of clay, glazes, and imagination.
I have a scientific, whimsical and nature side, which shows in the pottery items I make
I don’t want to hide my experience and talent under a bushel, therefore I will be posting blogs and videos on how to make pottery on my website http://thebutlerspottery.ca

I often package and ship your order the following day. If you have to cancel your order let me know as soon as possible. Once it has been shipped your order can no longer be cancelled, and you will be responsible for paying the send and return shipping.

I price my work individually and photograph it to show the viewers an accurate visual description of the items in my shop. Any minor glaze flaws such as a pin-hole and other blemishes occur occasionally during the glaze firing process. These will be shown in the photographs, and will not be subject to returns or refunds. Occasionally the glaze on the rim of my mugs is slightly rough to the touch. I try my best to eliminate this, but the glaze does what it wants to in the kiln. I do not return items with these as this proves that my mugs are individually made and not mass-produced in a factory. No additional discount will be added since all pieces are evaluated and priced accordingly. If you have any questions about any listing, feel free to ask!

I am not perfect and even though I try my best I do occasionally make a mistake and could send you a piece with an obvious blemish, such as the glaze missed a spot. If you receive something like this please contact me by showing a picture of the problem. I will return the cost to you after I received the item back in the mail in one piece, not broken or cracked. Depending on the piece I might suggest you don't return it and I will simply refund your money, including shipping.

If there is nothing wrong with the piece and you just don't like it then there will be a shipping and handling fee to account for the shipping which is included in the price. |You are responsible for the return shipping. It is the buyer's responsibility to read the descriptions and look at the photos I have posted. Make sure this is what you want to purchase.

How is pottery created?

Step 1) Wedge the clay to realign the molecules, imagine kneading bread.
Step 2) Turn it on a wheel into cups, bowls, etc.
Or hand build it into toothbrush holders, sculptures, pitchers etc.
Step 3) Trim the wheel turned pottery, add handles, shape curves, etc.
Step 4) The green-ware pottery is put on the shelf, wrapped in plastic to slowly dry. An important step to prevent cracking or breaking.
Step 5) Bone dry clay is fired in a low fire kiln to bisque it.
Step 6) Glaze the pottery and fire it in the kiln. The glaze is a chemical that melts in the kiln producing wonderful colours.

These are the basic steps. I also decorate some of my pottery by carving, hand-painted or spraying on glazed.

My pottery is food, dishwasher, and microwave safe unless otherwise noted. Be careful when heating water in any cup in the microwave as the water can explode. Like all ceramics taking it from extreme cold to very hot will break it.

Detail descriptions will be listed with the items. If you have a question contact me.

I hope you enjoy my pottery and photography for many years to come.

Announcement

Last updated on Sep 24, 2022

I AM TAKING A BREAK FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS. I WILL MAIL YOUR ORDER WHEN I RETURN AROUND OCTOBER 10th Thank you for your patience.

Do you feel you are in a rut and need a change? I felt like this most of my life until I discovered clay. It’s never too late to start a new career.
My pottery journey, my passion, didn’t start until my 40’s. Many years later I still must make pottery. There is nothing more satisfying than creating something out of clay, glazes, and imagination.
I have a scientific, whimsical and nature side, which shows in the pottery items I make
I don’t want to hide my experience and talent under a bushel, therefore I will be posting blogs and videos on how to make pottery on my website http://thebutlerspottery.ca

I often package and ship your order the following day. If you have to cancel your order let me know as soon as possible. Once it has been shipped your order can no longer be cancelled, and you will be responsible for paying the send and return shipping.

I price my work individually and photograph it to show the viewers an accurate visual description of the items in my shop. Any minor glaze flaws such as a pin-hole and other blemishes occur occasionally during the glaze firing process. These will be shown in the photographs, and will not be subject to returns or refunds. Occasionally the glaze on the rim of my mugs is slightly rough to the touch. I try my best to eliminate this, but the glaze does what it wants to in the kiln. I do not return items with these as this proves that my mugs are individually made and not mass-produced in a factory. No additional discount will be added since all pieces are evaluated and priced accordingly. If you have any questions about any listing, feel free to ask!

I am not perfect and even though I try my best I do occasionally make a mistake and could send you a piece with an obvious blemish, such as the glaze missed a spot. If you receive something like this please contact me by showing a picture of the problem. I will return the cost to you after I received the item back in the mail in one piece, not broken or cracked. Depending on the piece I might suggest you don't return it and I will simply refund your money, including shipping.

If there is nothing wrong with the piece and you just don't like it then there will be a shipping and handling fee to account for the shipping which is included in the price. |You are responsible for the return shipping. It is the buyer's responsibility to read the descriptions and look at the photos I have posted. Make sure this is what you want to purchase.

How is pottery created?

Step 1) Wedge the clay to realign the molecules, imagine kneading bread.
Step 2) Turn it on a wheel into cups, bowls, etc.
Or hand build it into toothbrush holders, sculptures, pitchers etc.
Step 3) Trim the wheel turned pottery, add handles, shape curves, etc.
Step 4) The green-ware pottery is put on the shelf, wrapped in plastic to slowly dry. An important step to prevent cracking or breaking.
Step 5) Bone dry clay is fired in a low fire kiln to bisque it.
Step 6) Glaze the pottery and fire it in the kiln. The glaze is a chemical that melts in the kiln producing wonderful colours.

These are the basic steps. I also decorate some of my pottery by carving, hand-painted or spraying on glazed.

My pottery is food, dishwasher, and microwave safe unless otherwise noted. Be careful when heating water in any cup in the microwave as the water can explode. Like all ceramics taking it from extreme cold to very hot will break it.

Detail descriptions will be listed with the items. If you have a question contact me.

I hope you enjoy my pottery and photography for many years to come.

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My journey into pottery.

I live with my husband in central Ontario surrounded by lakes, trees, hills and summer tourists. We have 2 daughters, 2 sons-in-law, 6 grandchildren and several grand-pets.

Creative ideas are always floating around my brain. When I open a bag of clay I know I can unleash these creative ideas. Whether I am turning cups and bowls on my pottery wheel or hand-building my toothbrush holders, trays or ring dishes I am creating.

I didn't always create. For the first 40 years of my life, I believed I had no creative talent. In the late 1970's I took ceramic courses, glazing ceramic items I had bought. A decade later I took folk art painting classes, which consisted of learning brush techniques to copy someone else's designs. I soon became bored. I joined an art club and began painting pictures from photographs I'd taken. Where did this art come from? Was I artistic?

During the later 1990s, my pastor would say to me, "How's the artist doing?" I would tell him I am not an artist. One day I replied "I am fine," He said, "It's about time you recognized you are an artist" That was a wake-up call for me. I am artistic and I had to own it.

In 2003 I bought some clay, glazes and a kiln. My passion had been found. I could take the raw clay and create anything, no longer bound to another's designs. It has been a long road to learning the pottery making process.

I am thankful I didn't give up but kept pressing through. Creating pottery for people to enjoy is my happy place.

I hope you enjoy my creative pottery as much as I enjoy making it.

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  • Joyce Butler

    Owner, Pottery, Functional And Home Decor, Photography

    It's never too late to learn. For 30 years I painted on ready-made ceramics, painted folk art pictures and then painted freehand landscapes and animals. Then I picked up a bag of clay and then my pottery journey began, my calling.

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Last updated on May 11, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Can I get it in any color.

Gazes are a chemical reaction and need to be tested as a result I can only offer colors that I already use. Check my other pottery in solid colors to see the colors I can offer. Hand painted items are not included.