Valentine’s Day Show Preview

With Valentine’s Day just a week away…

We are happy to announce the opening of our 4th annual V-Day Show!



New work from Kentucky potter, Amelia Stamps

We have  new work from all of our artists…teapots, platters, serving bowls, lidded jars, keepsake boxes, wine goblets, flower vases, baking dishes, and of course coffee mugs.

Lots of coffee mugs.

We are loaded up on jewelry too…with new designs from Mary Parker and Becky Rosenkrans.

Join us Friday February 7th and Saturday 8th from 11am -6pm

3638 East Mitchell Street in Humboldt, TN

Companion Gallery(731)267-7784

A special thanks to Kristi Woody for the lovely images of our gallery


Christmas Open House

As Luck would have it, we scheduled our Christmas Open House for this weekend…also known as “Ice-Pacalypse 2013”. Regardless of school closings and bread shortages at the grocery stores…we WILL be open to the public as scheduled.

Our Open House runs from 11am-6pm on Friday & Saturday. We have been working long hours in preparation and have had many early bird visitors already this week. The shop is all decorated for Christmas, complete with coffee and hot chocolate. We’ll have a fire in the wood stove and Christmas tunes on the radio.  On display will be works from Kelsey Nagy, Caroline Cercone, Shadow May, Amelia Stamps, Made on Acorn Hill, and little ol’ me.   If it does turn out to be dangerous…please stay home and enjoy your families. We will be open during regular business hours from now until Christmas. If the weather cooperates, bring a friend, we would love to see you!

If you’re out of town check out our Store section at the top of the page…we are all stocked up!


Mother’s Day Preview


detail pageDetails, Details, Details

DSCN0245Grafted Wine Amphora

DSCN0250Grafted Coffee Mugs…black, white, & red all over

DSCN0260Berry Bowls…its Strawberry season in West Tennessee!

DSCN0261Large Square Bowl

DSCN0262Barn Wood Sushi Plates

DSCN0273Thrown & Altered Gondola

DSCN0281Chip n Dip with Mossy Ash & White

DSCN0285Large Ash Glazed Bowl

DSCN0288Gravy Boats by Kelsey Nagy

DSCN0289Porcelain Bud Vases

DSCN0290Join us for our Mother’s Day Show this weekend…

May 10th & 11th at Botbyl Pottery & Companion Gallery

3638 East Mitchell  Humboldt, Tn  (behind the Crown Winery)

Friday 10am-9pm There will be live music at the winery from 7-10pm

Saturday 10am-5pm

Winners of the Photo Contest to be announced soon!

New Work

Here is some finished work from the Barn Wood series…


Grafted Mugs from the Barn Wood series. 4.5″ high.


Ash Glazed Coffee Mugs


Black and Barn Wood Mugs. Eric Botbyl 2013


Grafted Mugs with Eric’s Ash Glaze


Coffee Mugs with “Mossy Ash” & “Leather Ash” Glazes


Black and Barn Wood Mugs…Wormwood & Sawmill


Keepsake Box. 2013


Barn Wood Keepsake Box


Keepsake Box with Barn Wood and Ash Glaze


Barn Wood Bourbon Bowls. Eric Botbyl 2013.

Available at Botbyl Pottery & Companion Gallery in Humboldt, TN…and online at


Blowouts, Barn Wood, Bourbon, Boots, and Bob

On my way home from the studio last week I had a major blowout on my truck. Not so much a patch n plug do it yourselfer, more of a carry the mangled remnant of what was once a tire in for a new one. So, rather than unloading a much anticipated kiln load of pots, I spent Wednesday afternoon on the side of the highway, changing a tire, thankful for gloves.


I’ve been working on a series of grafted mugs this week. The inlays are positive impressions made from textures found in the barn next door. Currently, I’ve got about a thousand ideas for variations on this technique.

Works in progress...Barn Wood Mugs

Works in progress…Grafted Barn Wood Mugs

I get a kick out of the idea of grafting or being grafted in. Our studio is located in the middle of a vineyard so, of course, grafting is a regular practice around here. Then there are parables about grafting… Right now I’m just working and enjoying the process (which takes forever)…knowing that the ideas will catch up. At first glance I like that the process is not just a surface thing… it makes it all the way to the center.

Grafted Barn Wood Mugs

Grafted Barn Wood Mugs

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been working with the good folks over at Bourbon and Boots. B&B is an online amalgamation of all things Southern. Southern Culture, Music, History, Style, Food, and Art. They feature unique, one of a kind, small batch stuff…handcrafted hammers, turned wood bowls, cocktail mixers, and little old me. That’s right. We’ve already packed and shipped pots to Baton Rouge, Spanish Fort, Phoenix, and Virginia Beach. There are brand new pots on there now and more coming next week, so… for all of our “out of towners”…here’s to you! Did I mention Guinness flavored marshmallows? They also have a section that sells vintage and used cowboy boots which I thought was especially dixie. Like my buddy Tim said… “You had me at bourbon”.

sPOTlight on Bob

Bob, in all of his Bobness

Bob, in all of his Bobness

Show notes from Dylan’s March 31, 2004 performance at the Trocadero in Philly, PA…almost 9 years to the day…

If you can get a copy of this show I highly recommend it.

1. Intro…love the harmonica…he starts in on it and the crowd goes nuts…Bob hesitates like “give me some space, folks”…the crowd backs off…Bob runs with it beautifully almost past the final note of the outro…over way too soon.

2. You Ain’t Going Nowhere…”eaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasy chair”.

3,4. Cold Irons Bound…the intro is like Bob is testing his own band…they start in on something…Bob busts in with whatever he wants to play at the moment and the band has to play catch up for a minute… they are playing five different versions of the same song, even from verse to verse….”I cried for you, now it’s your turn to cry a while”…messy and disjointed… in a good way.

5. Love  Minus Zero…”Hip-No-Tist Co-Lec-Tor!”…great harmonica…seems to be enjoying himself…and then the harp gets better.

6. High Water…”You can’t open up your mind, boys, to every conceivable point of voooooo”…mingling lyrics at the end, again, in a good way…the show groove has been established.

7. Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again…nice pokey solo…this song was written to early…there are actually caricatures of normal Bobisms here…nice quivery falsettos on the last couple verses.

8. Joey…the song begins and I check my watch…warms up to great vocals and rhythm…a few minutes in and the lyrics become the rhythm…wishing I was there…love how he lets a 10 minute song breath for a while during the solo…forgetting some words at the end…and a second solo…nice piano ringing through.

9. Leopard-Skin Pillbox Hat…what shadowy gift does Bob possess that makes it impossible for the rest of us to sing along with him? Best solo ever.

10. Hollis Brown…commenting much on this song would be about as reverent as critiquing a funeral. It is what it is…haunting.

11. Boots of Spanish Leather…this is the show stopper…there’s something slow and eerie and otherworldly…celtic and nautical…it builds and cascades like it’s from the point of view of the ship carrying the letters…gorgeous.

12. Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall…this song usually carries with it a cinematic feeling…a collage of moving pictures…the delivery on this one is much more punctuated…like black and white still frames…solid.

13. Saving Grace…there’s a little space here and the crowd is clearly revved up…lots of screaming in anticipation for the next song…so, of course Bob responds with a hymn. This song is slow and sincere. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT…Dear crowd, shhh. No screaming in church please. “There’s only one road and it leads to Calvary”… Amen Bob.

14. “What do you mean you can’t repeat yourself- of course you can”…very rockabilly…very Carl Perkins.

15. Cat’s in the Well…solid.

16. Like a Rolling Stone…flipped…rearranged…brand new.

17. All Along the Watchtower…incredible…great driving bass…pounding drums…Bob just stole this song back from Hendrix and made him blush. Perfect encore.

Back to work!

Valentine’s Day Show Preview

Preparing for a show takes a lot of work. There is the obvious…weighing, wedging, making, altering, trimming, handling, back-filling handles, drying, loading, firing, waxing, latexing, slipping, glazing, glazing, glazing, reloading, firing again, grinding, sanding, photographing, emailing photos, addressing postcards, applying hundreds of stamps, pricing, and setting up in the gallery. And that’s really just skimming the surface.

Thankfully I have help. My lovely wife is beyond gifted when it comes to setting up the gallery. And it’s not an afternoon project. Over the course of a week she’ll turn that space upside down, rearrange, and make it new. I’m convinced there’s a bit of magic involved. And on the studio side of things there is Kelsey Nagy, who aside from making her own work, (refer to list above) is essential to the studio running smoothly on a daily basis.

Our Valentine’s show is special because each year we feature Minnesota jeweler, Becky Rosenkrans. Her work is available all year long in the gallery but this weekend we will be overflowing. She brings hundreds of pieces, each one completely unique. Plus she’s just a lot of fun.

Here’s a peek…

Sterling Silver and Greek Leather Bracelets by Becky Rosenkrans. Companion Gallery 2013

Sterling Silver and Greek Leather Bracelets by Becky Rosenkrans. Companion Gallery 2013

Small Ash Glazed Keepsake Boxes by Eric Botbyl, 2013

Small Ash Glazed Keepsake Boxes by Eric Botbyl, 2013

Ash Glazed Chip and Dips

Ash Glazed Chip and Dips

Porcelain Coffee Mugs by Kelsey Nagy. Companion Gallery, 2013

Porcelain Coffee Mugs by Kelsey Nagy. Companion Gallery, 2013

Made on Acorn Hill...handcrafted soaps, hard lotion bars, and scented salt scrubs. Gift sets available.

Made on Acorn Hill…handcrafted soaps, hard lotion bars, and scented salt scrubs. Gift sets available.

Embossed Copper by Becky Rosenkrans. Companion Gallery, 2013

Embossed Copper by Becky Rosenkrans. Companion Gallery, 2013

Grafted Mugs by Eric Botbyl. Ash Glazed Stoneware. 2013

Grafted Mugs by Eric Botbyl. Ash Glazed Stoneware. 2013

Coffee Mugs with textured panels....

Coffee Mugs with textured panels….

We still have kilns cooling so there will be much more at the show than we could feature here.

We hope to see everyone this weekend!

Botbyl Pottery & Companion Gallery

3638 East Mitchell (Hwy 152) Humboldt, TN

Friday February 8th 10am-5pm

Saturday February 9th 10am-5pm

New Year, New Pots

Apparently the Mayans were mistaken, 2012 came and went, and 2013 is in full swing. The year began with a complete studio overhaul…loads of clutter to the dumpster, rearranging the classroom, making clay, and the construction of a new wedging table. I started the year with a series of coffee mugs, making 5 different shapes in sets of 6. With 30 “blanks” I decided to approach each mug differently. There never seems to be a shortage of ideas, as each design leads to multiple ideas and possibilities. Some get chalked up to “good learning experiences” and others expose a thread that deserves pulling. Here’s some of the newbies…IMG_20130124_234606_844




These mugs and their companions are currently cooling in glaze…should have some finished works posted soon.