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

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The Space Between

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I’m always focused on form… and always surprised by the space between the forms as they add up on my work table. I’m loving the bottle shapes that show up in between these wine goblets.

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Cheers!

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!

Botbyl Pottery & Companion Gallery

Hello, Jackson

Nestled on top of a hill and surrounded by a beautiful vineyard is the charming Botbyl Pottery & Companion Gallery, where you will find a gorgeous selection of handmade pottery, baskets, textiles, jewelry and even handmade bath products.

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The majority of the pottery in Companion Gallery is made by owner Eric Botbyl, who is a longtime artist and potter. The gallery also features work by Kelsey Nagy, Amelia Stamps, Shadow May, Caroline Cercone, Becky Rosenkrans and Made on Acorn Hill. You can find everything from French butter bells to the classic and ever-popular coffee mug, and I can promise you will have a hard time picking just one thing! I’ve been known to stand in there for an hour debating on which coffee mug I want to take home. Most recently I purchased a mug by Amelia Stamps, and I’ve used it every day since! Each piece of pottery in…

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Holiday Mart Preview

Please join us this weekend for the 43rd Annual USJ Holiday Mart at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson, TN.

November 21 Thursday: Preview Party 6:30-9:30pm (10% off)

November 22 Friday: 9:30am-5:30pm Jingle Belle Mingle 6:00-9:00 (10% off)

November 23 Saturday: 9:30-6:00

November 24 Sunday: 12:00-5:00

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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Busy Season

This summer has flown by. We began the month of June with a full schedule for kids Clay Camp, headed up by our fearless studio assistant, Kelsey Nagy. We also received a pretty hefty wholesale order from our friends at Hallelujah Pottery Gallery in Monteagle, TN. After the whirlwind of getting the order made, fired, glazed, sanded, photographed, packed, and shipped…I was seriously ready for a little R&R.

We received an email the evening the order arrived saying that 90% had sold to a single customer that afternoon…please send more….twice as much…asap. This coincided with a reorder from Nest 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, followed by another.  So…back to work.

As of today my obligations are fulfilled… I’ve got a twinge in my wrist and a knot in my back…and an ache in my chest from pure thankfulness. I get to do this for a living. Looking back on this crazy summer…with kilns blazing and mixers churning and wheels spinning and clay and glaze everywhere…to the quietness of this rainy Friday in September. It worked. We’re still here. The bills are paid. The fridge is full. It’s a good life, and I’m grateful.

The first day of Autumn is this Sunday. Now for the busy season….

First order to Monteagle TN

first order to Monteagle, TN…early summer

Second order to Hallelujah Pottery Gallery in Monteagle, TN

…second order to Hallelujah Pottery Gallery in Monteagle, TN

The ol' Soldner mixer...working overtime

the ol’ Soldner clay mixer…working overtime

wrapping & packing…and packing & wrapping

display at Nest 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, FL
display at Nest 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, FL

new work at Nest 30A

New work at Nest 30A

Thanks!