Friday, December 24, 2010

Member Interview


Hi, I'm Deb Babcock and my etsy shop is called dbabcock. I set it up in 2006, shortly after Etsy started and didn't realize the implication of choosing a name that you couldn't change once established. I'm a studio potter and my shop is actually called Blue Sky Pottery.

I live in the beautiful mountains of northern Colorado where we average 350 inches of snow each year. It's a ski resort that is home to many Olympic team members present and past which means that when you go skiing, chances are you'll be on the slopes or the ski lift with someone who has particpated in the Olympics. Can you tell that I like to ski?

I'm married, no kids or pets (although I'd love to have a cat but Dave is allergic), and live out in the country a ways on 35 acres of woods filled with deer, elk, ermine, rabbits, sage hens and other beautiful wildlife.

I sell a variety of pottery, mostly functional pieces like baking pans, cups, berry bowls, rice bowls, salt pigs, french butter dishes and the like. But I've also recently started creating some home decor items like bookends, wall hangings and tiles.

Large Serving Bowl with Poppies

Kristin Love asked me if I wanted to be part of this special group when she got it started way back when. It's a good cause and a nice way to give a little something back when someone is kind enough to purchase my pottery through Etsy. It's also such a supportive group, and I enjoy the camaraderie and fun that each member brings to the team.

My favorite creation is usually the last one that I made, so it changes constantly. Right now, I'm working on a couple new designs that I am enjoying immensely. One is a subtle floral design with poppies and the other is a very colorful design featuring the beautiful aspen trees in our forests here. I'm a Colorado Master Gardener and love studying the plants of our area, so these two new designs fit right in with my other interests.

In addition to my Etsy shop, I have a brick & mortar studio/gallery that is near the ski mountain here. So if any of you make a visit here, be sure to stop in and say hi. There are also about 15 galleries around the country that carry my work. So between Etsy, locals and visitors who buy my work, and wholesale orders to galleries, I keep as busy as I want to be.

In 10 years, I hope to still be skiing, gardening and doing pottery and that my art continues to grow and evolve and become better and better.

Thanks so much Deb!

Happy Christmas Eve and a Merry Christmas to Everyone!
Sending Blessings and Love All Around the World!!


  1. Merry Christmas to you too! Wonderful work! I love the new designs!

  2. Gorgeous shop! One of my favorites on Etsy!

  3. Wonderful to see you and your work here, Deb. Lovely interview.

  4. Hi Deb!! It's SO nice to get to "know" you better! I have always loved your pottery, and use it often in my treasuries (as you know). :)
    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! Suz(of the simple kind)

  5. Hi there, Deb! I've been a huge fan of your work since the first day I joined Etsy and enjoyed every word of your interview! Thank you so much for inviting us all into your world!!!

    And thank you, Erica, for another fabulous interview!

    Merry Christmas to you both, and to everyone!!!

  6. It's wonderful to read about you, Deb, and your lovely heart-felt work! Merry Christmas, and to the whole team, too!

  7. Merry Christmas, Deb! I've been a fan "forever!" Nice to get to know you better! xo Cait

  8. Very nice interview - your work is beautiful! I used to live in Steamboat - about 35 years ago - It is beautiful there.

  9. SO happy to find this Deb's work. I have a set of her bowls and they get wonderful comments every time people see them.

  10. Just now reading this and I too am a HUGE FAN of your work you know!! I *L*O*V*E* your new designs with the poppies and the birch trees...just Awesome, like you....and your interview!
    Thanks Erica for another FUNTastic peek into Etsy Project Embrace peeps lives outside of what we see in their Shops, Profiles and Announcements!

  11. I love your work! Great getting a chance to see your happy smiling face Deb! : D