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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Coffee Mugs, A Year in Review

I work in cycles and every cycle begins with the making of mugs. In many ways this beginning is my favorite part of the whole process. I pick up where I left off last time….raise that foot a little higher, swell the belly a bit more, tuck the rim in, drop the handle a hair, and try something new. Coffee mugs have become a haven of exploration and a place of departure.

Sometimes the changes are very subtle, other times there are minor revolutions on my wheel. And…after days, if not weeks, of mug making trials and victories- it’s on to other forms. What evolved with the mugs eeks its way into pitchers, teapots, bowls, and bottles. These forms present new challenges- and by the time the kilns have cooled- it’s back to mugs again. Enjoy!

Footed Mug. Stoneware with Black Slip and Eric’s Ash Glaze. 2012

Footed Mug. Stoneware with Black Slip and Eric’s PA Blue Stone.

Footed Mug with Wood Prints, Stoneware with Black Slip and Eric’s Ash. 2012

Footed Mug. Wood-fired Stoneware with White Slip and Reitz’s Blue. Eric Botbyl, 2012

Footed Mug with Poofery. Lots of Glazes. 2012

The Harvey Wine Steins. Stoneware with Black Slip and Eric’s Ash. 2011

Footed Mug with Double Poofery. Wood-fired Stoneware with Flashing Slip. Eric Botbyl, 2011

Faceted Mug. Wood-fired Stoneware with Black Slip. Eric Botbyl, 2012

Footed Mug. Wood-fired Stoneware with K Shino. Eric Botbyl, 2011……Kristen Kieffer was nice enough to choose this one for Starbrick’s Annual Cup Show- thanks!