Studio Dogs, Part 3

Meet Butters, artist Carolyn Springer’s dog and a Pomeranian-Chinese Crested mix, in the Harrison Center’s 3rd installment of Studio Dogs.

How did your dog get its name?

Butters had just woken up from a post-bath nap, and the combination of wet fur and bedhead gave him hair resembling that of South Park character Butters Stotch. On top of that, he has very buttery looking fur. So, Butters is a fitting name all around.

Why do you bring your dog to the studio?

Butters is a companion pet, and a true lap dog. He’s very good at keeping Springer company.

Do you think your dog affects your creative process?

Yes. Butters forces Springer to step away from her work and go outside for a break. Springer says that without Butters, she would be more obsessive about her work. Butters helps to keep Springer balanced while she’s working.

Does your dog enjoy studio time?

Butters loves coming to the studio. He especially enjoys running around the halls and meeting different people as they walk across the building. Although, Springer worries that all of Butters’s running around might make fellow Studio Dog Gable jealous.

Best Studio Dog moment?

On Butters’s first day in the studio, he somehow managed to find three cat toys, and Springer has no idea where they came from. Springer has no record of their being cats in studio #035, but she’s not entirely sure either. Now, Springer hides toys around the studio for Butters to find, saying it is part of their routine when the begin their day at the studio.

Carolyn Springer is an encaustic artist who has been at the Harrison Center for as long as I can remember. Her unique style often uses many layers of wax to to create raised figures on her paintings. Come see her work, and potentially her sweet pup, every Open Studio Night. At the Harrison Center for the Arts.