The Barcelona Studio

The Istanbul Studio

about the artist

Yasha Butler is a ceramic artist currently based in Providence and Istanbul. She is taking a break from her studio practice to study Jewelry + Metalsmithing at RISD.

Her work has been exhibited at galleries across the United States 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.  From 2006 to 2009, she worked as a technician and maintained a studio at The Clay Studio (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).  She opened a studio in Brooklyn, New York in 2009 before moving to Barcelona, Spain in 2011.  Since the Fall of 2014 she splits time between a studio in Boston, Massachusetts and one on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, where she was born and raised.  She received a degree in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University in 2001.  Upon graduation, she formally 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).

 

about the work

Seduction may not be the purest of motives, but that is what I want from my work. I want the curves and slopes of my vessels to pull you softly into a moment of silent contemplation. As time disappears, I want to surround you with a sense of calm. I want you to see beauty emerging from the delicate balance of opposites – the intentional and the random, the rough and the smooth, the linear and the organic, the old and the new. I want to create work that is honest and pure. I want to express the quiet complexity that resides behind a simple facade. I want you to feel a sense of awakening as you discover that the more you look, the more you see. 

 

exhibitions

2016 - "Feast and Fathom – RISD Jewelry + Metalsmithing Triennial Show" at Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI

2015 - "Porselen Peyzajlar / Porcelain Landscapes" at ECNP Galeri, Istanbul, TURKEY

2014 - "Gallery 224 Selected Works" at Harvard Ceramics, Allston, MA, USA

2014 - "Col.lectiu Freixas" at Freixas, Barcelona, Spain

2014 - "Bahar Sergisi" at Armaggan Nisantası, Istanbul, Turkey

2014 - "Maddenin Halleri" at Armaggan Art & Design Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2013 - "Table Story One" (Solo Show) at Luce Et Studio, San Diego, CA, USA

2013 - "Friends and Inspiration" at The Clay studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT, USA

2013 - "Bulusma V" at Bobbin, Istanbul, Turkey

2012 - "Bulusma IV" at Bobbin, Istanbul, Turkey

2011 - "Winterfest" at Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD, USA

2011 - "Bulusma III" at Bobbin, Istanbul, Turkey

2011 - "In The Ceramics Studio" at Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2010 - "Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show" at Pennsylvania Convention Center, Phialdephia, PA, USA

2010 - "Watershed Resident Art Show" at Pennsylvania Convention Center, Phialdephia, PA, USA

2010 - "American Craft Council Show" at Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD, USA

2010 - "Gifted" at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA, USA

2010 - "Watershed Resident Art Show" at NCECA, Philadelphia, PA, USA

2010 - "Small Favors" at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA, USA

2009 - "Gifted" at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA, USA

2008 - "The Clay Studio's Members Exhibition" at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA, USA

2008 - "Ceramists at Work" at Gloria Kennedy Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA

2007 - "Jersey Shore Clay National" at M. T. Burton Gallery, Surf City, NJ, USA