Yasha Butler is a ceramic artist who currently works in Brooklyn, NY. She received a design degree from Cornell University in 2001. From 2004 to 2006 she apprenticed for the ceramicist uray Ada in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2008, she was selected to be a resident artist at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts (Newcastle, ME). She worked for three years at The Clay Studio Philadelphia, PA) as a studio technician where she participated as an instructor and exhibited in a number of group shows. She participated in workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (Deer Isle, ME) and Penland School of Crafts (Penland, NC). Her work has been shown or is currently available at the Istanbul Cultural Foundation (Istanbul, TR), The Clay Studio Philadelphia, PA), Tilde (Portland, OR), Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts – Alternatives Museum Shop (Wilmington, DE), Istanbul Modern MuseumStore (Istanbul, TR) and online (www.yashabutler.com).
Born to a Turkish mother and an American father, Yasha spent her childhood in Istanbul on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus, leaving in 1997 to attend college in the United States. In 2003,she returned to Istanbul to setup her own studio and convert an Ottoman era alcohol factory into a small hotel (Sumahan On The Water). In 2006, she moved to Philadelphia, PA where She began to produce ceramics full time and in 2009 she moved to her current studio in Brooklyn, NY.