Shannon Butler came to me in the early years of starting off as a yoga teacher and entrepreneur. As a ceramics artist she too had made a choice to pursue passion and purpose versus the security of convention. In our small hometown of Fort St. John, we forged a deep friendship steeped in desire for beautiful things, rich experiences and interesting, honest conversation. At a particularly difficult time in my growth as a human and entrepreneur, Shannon stood as my greatest confidant.
I chose to feature Shannon for People in Purpose to showcase the talents of her artwork, yes, but I also want to share the great purpose she held in my life. Her beautiful pieces fill my home but it is the depth of our friendship that has meant so much to me on my path; a beautiful thing that will forever fill my heart. Thank you Shann. Now, some words from the lady herself…
Answering such an important yet simple question such as "why do you do what you do?", makes a person dive into themselves, deep to where the other hungover sunday introspections lie which may include; "when will i die?" or "what is the meaning of my life?".
For me, I was naturally compelled to create things since being very young...sometimes it was a house of straw and other times it was a mere crayon drawing of our red angus heifers, but I knew instincually all I ever wanted was to be was an artist. The freedom to be completely myself is what my bones craved and to create what never was before. Upon encountering Ceramics 101 in Artschool I felt there was no turning back, (even though there was a moment of "oh shit what will i do with thisnow?").
I loved the medium but felt really clear about the fact that I wanted to avoid being a production potter...I really respect it but I wanted to make each object different and "one of a kind" and had faith that somehow that would work out.
After four years of gaining the craftsmanship skills and learning how to be really self critical of the work (so key), I felt ready to truly express my ideas and unique aesthetic through porcelain and I've been doing it ever since via my business kilnhouse studio. It was a brick and mortar store for eight years and since I've had my son Clyde it's now strictly online.
I look to fashion and to William Morris, the Art Nouveau Movement, Mexicana, and my rural roots for inspiration. I find rusted metal combines as pretty as roses. And this influence is transferred to the pieces in that the aim is to create objects that have a worn warmth to them that invites the user to feel even more comfortable holding and using them. A bricolage of all I hold dear, the pieces are both romantic and grounded.
Thank-you Randelle for allowing me to find our friendship (and boy do we have some stories) and secondly for allowing me to share with your yogis. Since having a baby I've found so much mental value in doing yoga--it connects me back to my body when I'm usually completely focused outwardly on him all day! love shan