Eric Botbyl
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Eric Botbyl

Eric Botbyl is a studio potter living and working in Humboldt, Tennessee. In 2016 he received the Best Thrown and Altered award at the Strictly Functional Pottery National in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Botbyl teaches community classes in his home studio, and workshops throughout the United States and Canada. He and his wife, Jill, own Companion Gallery, a retail business featuring over thirty ceramicists. Botbyl can be reached at, and followed on Instagram @ericbotbyl and @companiongallery.


Illustration by Zoe Pappenheimer for Studio Potter journal, 2018.
On Saturday morning I drove to Todd Pletcher's ... I’ll admit, as I sipped coffee in my booth that morning, I questioned the wisdom of staging a pottery sale in the midst of a thousand corn fields.
Kelsey Nagey, Untitled (Pitcher), 2017. 14 x 7 x 5 in. White stoneware, underglazes, trailing slips. Photograph by artist.
Knowing [my interns] has helped me ask measured questions, which I hope has kept them thinking as they work. The exchange is reciprocal...