Vol. 10.29.2019 | Artist Spotlight Yasha Butler

Introducing Yasha Butler,  a ceramicist who believes in minimalism that doesn’t strip away meaning.

Yasha is a sculptor and designer who is passionate about helping people experience beauty in the everyday. She works with clay to create objects that add a sense of poetry. From sculptural vessels to simple wall hangings, her work gives people the tools to craft spaces that they love living in. Minimal, elegant and organic, her style embraces the perfectly imperfect.

Artist, designer and maker Yasha Butler crafts modern vessels out of clay that commemorate the old and the forgotten. Compelled by her need ‘to create objects that add a sense of calming poetry to our lives’, she builds through coiling and carefully selects tones that can be found in nature. Having lived and worked across the globe, Yasha has since 2016 called Dublin her home where she spends her days creating, exploring the city and sharing with her family.

Butler received a degree in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University in 2001 and completed a Post Baccalaureate year at Rhode Island School of Design in Jewelry + Metalsmithing in 2016. She also studied ceramics at Laney College (Oakland, California), under Nuray Ada (Istanbul, Turkey), at Penland School of Crafts (Penland, North Carolina) and at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (Deer Isle, Maine). Her work has been exhibited at galleries across the United States, Spain and Turkey. She has been a resident at the Museum of Arts and Design (New York, New York) and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts (Newcastle, Maine), and a visiting artist at Harvard Ceramics (Allston, MA). She has participated in numerous juried shows such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and the Baltimore American Craft Council Show.

“Pare down to the essence, but don’t remove the poetry.”           
      – Leonard Kohen