Pulling Threads

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This just seems to be the way I work…I’ll throw a series of “blanks” and tweak them each differently. The first is usually familiar…picking up where I left off with the last series. Ideas start flowing…technical challenges present themselves…solutions mixed with function and style.
Asking “what if I………” has carried me for nearly 20 years now. It’s like pulling on a never ending thread.

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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!

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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!

Thanks!

Fall Open House Preview

Each year we open up a large part of our gallery to our students. Jill and I view this as a time to honor them, applaud their accomplishments, and just say “Thank you”.

Clockwise from Top Left: Bobby McAlexander, Lesley Rickman, Debi Sullivan, and David Blackwood

Student Work…Clockwise from Top Left: Bobby McAlexander, Lesley Rickman, Debi Sullivan, and David Blackwood.

Our students come from all walks of life. Some are new parents, some are grandparents. Some are blowing off steam from the pressures of a new career, while others are building new steam after retirement. We have mommas, teachers, nurses, engineers, doctors, beauticians, carpenters, and railroaders. We have salesmen, seamstresses, dietitians, HR people, and a school principal. All of these folks have carved out a portion of their lives and dedicated it to learning the art of handmade pottery, and we think that’s worth cheering.

Teapot by Heather Blackwood

Teapot by Heather Blackwood

In addition to all of the wonderful student work, we are so proud to introduce 3 new potters to our gallery…Amelia Stamps, Caroline Cercone, and Shadow May.

Porcelain Vase. Amelia Stamps, Lexington KY

Porcelain Vase. Amelia Stamps, Lexington KY

Shino Teapot. Caroline Cercone, Nashville TN

Shino Teapot. Caroline Cercone, Nashville TN

Side-Fired Coffee Mugs. Shadow May, Chattanooga TN

Side-Fired Coffee Mugs. Shadow May, Chattanooga TN

Carved Porcelain Butter Dish. Kelsey Nagy, Jackson TN

Carved Porcelain Butter Dish. Kelsey Nagy, Jackson TN

Of course my own wheel has been humming too….

Large Rectangular Serving Bowl with multiple ash glazes.

Large Rectangular Serving Bowl with multiple ash glazes.

Chip n Dip with lots of glaze...

Chip n Dip with lots of glaze…

Barn Wood Serving Bowl...a personal favorite

Barn Wood Serving Bowl…a personal favorite

Ash Glazed Teapot. Eric Botbyl, Humboldt, TN

Ash Glazed Teapot. Eric Botbyl, Humboldt, TN

As you make plans for this coming weekend, please consider joining us for our 3rd Annual Fall Open House & Student Show.

Botbyl Pottery & Companion Gallery

3638 East Mitchell St (Behind the Crown Winery)

Humboldt, TN 38343

Friday October 25th  11am-5pm  Reception 6pm-10pm

Saturday October 26th 11am-5pm

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