Breaking Up

So apparently it’s been ten months since my last entry. I know, I know…bad blogger. Very bad blogger. There’s good reason though. This has been the year of changes. Big changes.

My last entry was in May of 2014, spotlighting our annual Photo Contest that coincides with our Mother’s Day show. That month I was put in touch with Jake Allee, one of my favorite potters, who agreed to send us some work for the gallery. The show sold well and Jake sent reinforcements. In August the family made our semiannual trip up to Northern Indiana to visit my wife’s family. I made a few calls and ended up meeting with Justin Rothshank, Todd Pletcher, and Troy Bungart. I also had a chance to sit down and talk shop with Dick Lehman at his studio, which was one of the highlights of the year. The man exudes thoughtfulness. We all hit it off and I came home with boxes of Justin’s work and Troy’s handcrafted pottery tools. Justin’s show sold out 5 days before it opened and he was good enough to hustle some more pots down before his opening. By this point it was clear that things were changing so we broke up Botbyl Pottery & Companion Gallery (except on Facebook) and built companiongallery.com. It was a bit sparse when it began, but I figured the ol’ ericbotbyl site wouldn’t quite keep up with what was happening. These folks deserved a site of their own.

In October we featured Amelia Stamps and received wonderful new work from Merideth Holder. For the Holiday season we featured Kelsey Nagy, our long time intern turned ceramic super star. Then the weirdest thing started happening. Instead of soliciting makers,  I began to receive emails from folks who wanted some representation in Tennessee. Not cheesey potters either,  awesome potters.

So as it stands right now, beyond my capacity of comprehension, here’s the line up so far for 2015…

February- Bill Wilkey, Helena, MT

March- Patrick Rademaker, Louisville, KY

May- Matthew Schiemann, St. Petersburg, FL

July- Iren Tete, Minneapolis, MN

August, Ron Philbeck, Shelby, NC

September- Dick Lehman, Goshen, IN

November- Todd Pletcher, Goshen, IN

Going forward, this site will become what it was in the early days…thoughts and images from my daily studio life. I’d be so grateful if those of you who follow along would check out our newest endeavor, companiongallery.com

Cheers!

 

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Botbyl Pottery Photo Contest 2014

Last year marked our tenth year in business, and to celebrate that milestone we held our first ever Botbyl Pottery Photo Contest. It was a great success and lots of fun.

2014 marks my 18th year of making pots and our 11th years in business and we’d like to celebrate again!

Here’s how it works… take a picture of the Botbyl pots in your collection and email them to me. Easy.

-Photos of Botbyl pots in and around your home (on the mantle, in the cabinets, by your favorite chair) will receive a 10% off discount on your next purchase. This catagory is for shy folks who don’t actually want to be in the photo.

-Photos of you or your family using or posing with your Botbyl pots will receive a 20% off discount on your next purchase.

Get creative! Stage shots of your family together, pets, babies, serving dinner, sipping coffee, pouring wine, in your car, at work, or by the pool.

Everybody who participates gets a discount…and My Top 3 favorites photos will receive a 50% off discount towards the next piece in your collection!

Send your photos with your name and address to botbylpottery@gmail.com with “photo contest” in the subject line. You can even send them straight from your phone.

Entries are due by 10pm- Wednesday, May 7th.

One discount per photo….feel free to send several!

Here are some early entries to inspire you… all the way from Anchorage Alaska!

This lady brings her own mug to the coffee shop. Serious points for brand loyalty.

This lady brings her own mug to the coffee shop. Serious points for brand loyalty.

Outside the Alaska Alchemist Coffee House in Anchorage Alaska

Outside the Alaska Alchemist Coffee House in Anchorage Alaska

Sipping coffee by Cook Inlet, Anchorage Alaska. On second thought...that's probably a brewskie.

Sipping coffee by Cook Inlet, Anchorage Alaska. On second thought…that’s probably a brewskie.

The Photo Contest coincides with our 4th Annual Mother’s Day Show, Friday & Saturday, May 9th & 10th.

We can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!

email entries to botbylpottery@gmail.com

Out of town? We’ll email you a discount code for our Online Gallery!

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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

Christmas Open House Preview

This weekend we will be hosting our Third Annual Christmas Open House at our studio in Humboldt, TN.

This year is special for us because it marks our 10th year in business! We are so grateful  for your support over the past decade. Thank You! 

Here’s a little preview of the show…

Ash Glazed Serving Dish. Thrown and Altered Stoneware. Winter 2012

Ash Glazed Serving Dish. Thrown and Altered Stoneware. Winter 2012

Teapot and Cup with lots of glaze. 2012

Teapot and Cup with lots of glaze. 2012

Ash Glazed Keepsake Box. Winter 2012

Ash Glazed Keepsake Box. Winter 2012

Ash Glazed Double Dipper...

Ash Glazed Double Dipper…

Oval Dish...

Oval Dish…

Serving Bowl with Rolled Rim...

Serving Bowl with Rolled Rim…

Porcelain Mugs by Kelsey Nagy.

Porcelain Mugs by Kelsey Nagy.

And some handmade goodies in the $10-$35 range…perfect for teacher gifts…

Soap Dishes and handcrafted soaps from our friends at Made On Acorn Hill...gift sets from $21

Soap Dishes and handcrafted soaps from our friends at Made On Acorn Hill…gift sets from $21

Lots of new coffee mugs...from $30-$40

Lots of new coffee mugs…from $30-$40

Handmade Felt Ornaments...made by a young friend of our family...her creativity and craftsmanship are top notch. $12 each

Handmade Felt Ornaments…made by a young friend of our family…her creativity and craftsmanship are top notch. $12 each

Salt Cellars...$10

Salt Cellars…4″ wide…for a “little” extra flavor  $10

Open House Hours: Friday Dec 7th & Saturday Dec 8th 10am-6pm

We are located right behind the Crown Winery in Humboldt, TN.  Check our Contact page for directions.

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Holiday Mart Preview

This weekend we will have our usual spot at the USJ Holiday Mart at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in downtown Jackson, TN. This is our tenth year in business and our tenth Holiday Mart. This show is our biggest of the year with over 100 vendors and 10,000 people in attendance. The muses have been whispering and the kilns behaving…here’s a little preview for our faithful collectors.

Ash Glazed Teapot

Chip n Dip with Ash glazes. One of my personal faves

Butter Bell with Copper Ash

Basket with lots of glaze. Another favorite

Triple Dipper

Ash Glazed Keepsake Box

4 Grafted Mugs with Ash glazes and Black Slip.

USJ Holiday Mart… walk in, turn right, we’re down on the corner. Hope to see you there!

Friday November 16th, 9:30am – 6pm

Saturday November 17th, 9:30am – 6pm

Sunday November 18th, 12pm – 5pm

Find us on Facebook  www.facebook.com/eric.botbyl