Shannon Butler was born and raised in rural northern British Columbia. Spending countless hours outside in nature on her families' farm, she cultivated an eye for beauty in the overlooked and unturned, and the vast space of the prairie fields allowed her imagination to grow large and unruly . Even at a young age she collected bones and bits of every swamp plant or rusted out machine part she could get her hands on, she also noticed the nuances in each cows' face and started drawing cows before anything else. She learnt from her father who was a carpenter that anything can be made if you draw it and plan it out first, and that work ethic and being self-motivated is key to living an authentic life. Always knowing that all she wanted to be was an artist she discovered Ceramics at Art School and went on to receive the Board of Govenors Award and graduate with a BFA in clay (with distinction) from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2006. From there she took a leap of faith and on her own started a business named "kilnhouse studio" in her hometown Fort St. John. She lived illegally in the studio for the first 4 years so that she could pay her rent. And this is where she has been ever since, making work Mon-Fri and selling to the public each Saturday for the past 8 years until very recently when she made the move to her home studio which will now become the haven for an Etsy store! Allowing (by much request) her work to be sold across Canada and/or the world. She has taking part in shows across BC and Alberta, most recently "Buffalo Rose" at the Craft Gallery of British Columbia last summer. She is insatiable in her need to create 6 days a week, but enjoys her poodle Pearl, her husband Lee, and their huge backyard garden on her off time.
I focus on small batch one of a kind Ceramics and mixed media sculptures. Most recently in my work, I've begun to marry both my northern cultural influences and pop cultural ones. I love to juxtapose imagery from my upbringing (aka bison skulls) against that of textures that appeal to me in fashion and design (aka eyelash lace and wild roses), and colors that you wouldn't expect to see together to create a layered and uncommon beauty, one that is authentic to my perspective, and that is both tactile and visual. I aim to make mugs, utensil holders, and other useful objects for the home which both stand alone as a art piece and are totally user friendly, and at the same time create wall pieces which are both masculine and feminine aiming towards a rustic beauty. I do this by juxtaposing glossy glaze against that of a matte stained surface and I also use a technique called cuenca seca which originated from Art Nouveau tile making to carve original drawings into plaster which are then transferred as a relief to the buff cone 6 clay that I am using. These relief drawings are then set against vintage lace circa 1920 which is stained to exploit the surface texture, and in the the final stages painstakingly highlighted with glaze. My work is deeply personal and inspired and I love to create.