Artist of the Month: Joyce Butler
I was born and raised on a farm in Niagara Falls. After college my husband and I moved to Sudbury. When my husband retired we moved to Utterson to be closer to the family cottage.
While in Sudbury I dabbled in many types of art mediums including acrylic painting. I started pottery in 2003 and found it to be my passion. I took a few courses on turning on the wheel and became intrigued in the process of making cups and bowls and other items out of clay.
What I like most about pottery is that you take a piece of clay and with a little imagination you can create anything.
After I have created a piece of pottery it becomes green ware. I fire the piece to a temperature of 1800 degrees F which hardens it to bisque ware.
I like to experiment with glazes. Some glazes run when fired and when combined with another glaze and it can create an interesting effect. The pink and blue pottery and the blue pottery with green molten top are two effects I discovered while combining glazes. Most of my pottery is glazed at 2232 degrees F. Some of the pieces are decorated with China paint, under-glazes or carved.
I was raised on a farm and enjoy nature therefore and animals and flowers often make it on to my pottery and sculptures.
- 2nd acrylic painting in the LaCloche art Show in 2003
- 3rd photography in the Massey Area Museum show in 2004
- 2nd sculpture in the Shequiandah Museum show on Manitoulin Island in 2007