Monday, December 12, 2011

Bulusma 3

Yılbaşı için hediye arayanlara duyurulur, 14-17 Aralık arası sizi Buluşma 3'e bekliyorum!!!

Adres: Bobbin, Teşvikiye Bostan Sokak (Karakol Sokak) No:13/3, Kat 2, Nişantaşı

Tarih: 14-17 Aralık 2011, 11.00-19.00 arası

Görüşmek üzere!!

xo yasha

Monday, November 28, 2011

Holiday Sale Event

I will be selling my vessels and porcelain jewelry from December 14th to 17th at "Bulusma III" in Istanbul.  Come by grab a cup of tea, meet the artists behind the work, and do some fun holiday shopping!

Place: Bobbin - Teşvikiye Bostan Sokak (Karakol Sokak) No:13/3, Kat:2, Nişantaşı, Istanbul
Tel: 0212 260 06 82
Date: 14-17 Aralık (December) 2011
Time: 11:00 - 19:00

Thursday, November 17, 2011

How I take my photos

If there are any of you out there wandering how to create a cheap photo studio, this is how I do it:

On the left hand side I use two adjustable desk lamps with 100W incandescent bulbs.  One doesn't seem to give enough light for me.  I guess I could use one higher wattage light, but this is what I had on hand.

In front of the lamps I put a screen that diffuses the light (this is very important!!).  I use a previously unused silk-screen, but you could also tape some translucent paper to an old frame or to the lamp itself (just be careful the lamp doesn't get to hot!)

On the right hand side I use a large white sketch pad to reflect the light into the areas that would otherwise have a dark shadow.  A better alternative would be a large piece of foam-core, but the pad seems to work fine.

Lastly, to create a seamless background I use a long piece of white paper (I actually used some tracing paper that was sitting around, but plain white paper would be much better!).  Just attach the paper to the wall and let it drape down all the way to the front of the table creating a smooth curve.

It's that simple!

I hope this helps, please let me know if you have any photo tips of your own!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My Etsy Store

My online Etsy store is open again!! To celebrate this Re-opening I am giving a 10% discount to all my Facebook Fans!  Just go to my Facebook page Yasha Butler - Ceramics + Design, become a fan and pick up the coupon code.  The code is good until November 30th, so act quick!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

In the Studio

Transforming grey porcelain pieces that just came out of the kiln into earrings. This process always takes longer than I expect!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

In The Studio


I am working on getting together a jewelry order for The IKSV Design Shop and my own Etsy Store.  This is a pre-firing image of some of the ceramic pieces I finished this weekend.  If you know my work you will recognize the white, grey and black pieces from my Bone line that will soon become earrings and necklaces.  The not so recognizable pieces on the right are part of my new line! They will fire to a beautiful dark chocolatey brown.  Stay tuned for the finished work!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

In the Studio

I am working on a new jewelry line which I first began during my residency at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.  I had put the project on hold while I was getting used to my new life here in Barcelona, but I decided it was time to bring this project back to the front burner.  I hope to have some actual pieces from this new line for sale in my online store by November!

These are some initial pieces, but I am still playing with a bunch of different ideas.

New Studio Space

I moved my workspace to a new location within the same communal studio.  The square footage is less, but the space flows much better.  I love the feel of my new spot, it's like my very own cocoon.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

In the Studio

Today was my first full day back in my Barcelona studio. I am working on expanding the visual vocabulary of my Off Circle vessels.  I have been experimenting with fully hand-building them, instead of throwing the pots on the wheel and then altering them.  I think with this change in method I am able to create pieces that have a stronger organic feel.  Each new piece seems to be getting closer to the image I have in my head.

It's great to be back!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Interview with Be@Home

Recently I was featured on the blog Be@Home! I was included in their series where they interview fellow bloggers. Please check out their site to read my interview.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Back in Istanbul

We are in Istanbul for a month and I am back at work in my old studio. The weather has been so nice here that I dragged my table out to work in the garden.

I bought some terracotta clay from a potter near our house. I am now learning how to work with this new clay. I can't wait to see how it fires.

Inspiration from the Pyrenees

We went hiking in the Spanish Pyrenees recently and I fell in love with the different rock formations. There is so much inspiration in nature!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

New Work

At last I am at work in my new sun-filled studio. I have just begun working on some mini vases for Sumahan On The Water. This is a sneak preview of one model.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Back to Work

Today was my first full work day at the studio.
This morning, I received a shipment of different clays that I want to try out. After several months it is nice to touch clay again. But I have to admit it's hard to get back in to the rhythm of creating.
My first project is a new jewelry line. The last photo shows a couple of prototypes I was working on today.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

New Studio

At last my studio is done and I can begin to create!! I have so many new ideas I don't know where to begin. I guess my first task is to find some clay.

If you are a ceramist from Barcelona please leave me a comment and let me know where I can get clay.

The last image is my amazing view of the RENFE tracks!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

New Studio

My new studio in Barcelona is slowly coming along. After many tiring hours I have finished painting my shelves. Now I have to put together the shelving unit, along with 4 tables. I hope to have images of a finished studio soon!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Vitrified Studio - A Ceramics Blog

Check out this new ceramics blog called Vitrified Studio.

It has a bunch of inspirational work from some amazing artists and a whole list of clay resources. Plus, I was one of the featured artists!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Slowly Discovering Barcelona

Two months have passed since my last day at the Museum of Arts and Design, but I have only had a week to sit back and reflect on my time there. During the past two months I packed up my life in New York and transported it to Barcelona, Spain. Leaving a city so full of life was difficult, but I can't wait to be influenced by my new home.

During my residency at MAD I used Central Park as my inspiration for a new line of jewelry. I collected a variety of leaves, twigs, buds and seeds from the Park. Each piece of jewelry was inspired by a specific natural element. For instance, I based a brooch on the dried veins of a leaf, a pair of earrings on the frayed edge of a blade of grass, and a necklace on the linear form of a twig.

(Finished pieces from this new line of jewelry are on display on the 6th floor at the Museum of Arts and Design and on my website at this link:

In Barcelona, I want to continue the creative exploration that I began in New York. I have already started to collect visual snapshots from around the city. Having grown up along the Mediterranean, I'm thrilled to be reunited with the sea and sun again. I spend a lot of time on the cold winter beach, recording images of water and sand. I have also been staring out over roof tops, photographing the city 6 stories above the ground.

Above, I posted some photographs taken this week.

Thursday, January 27, 2011


Three weeks ago I landed in beautiful Barcelona. After a couple weeks of disorientation, I am now slowly getting a feel for the city. Having closed the New York chapter of our life only a month ago, it is exciting to be creating a whole new life here in Spain. We are still waiting for our furniture and my studio equipment to arrive. But, we already found a new resting spot for my Off Circle bowls and a light filled studio for me to work in!!