Eric Botbyl is a full time studio potter living and working in Humboldt, TN. He received his BA in Ceramics & Sculpture from Union University in 2001 and regularly attends workshops related to functional pottery and ceramic art. Eric’s work and writings have been featured in numerous newspapers, Mid South Living, Number Magazine, Studio Potter and Ceramics Monthly Magazine. Eric actively shows his work through several galleries, as well as invitational and juried exhibitions. In 2016 he received the “Best Thrown and Altered” award at the 24th Strictly Functional Pottery National in Lancaster, PA. He has taught many workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada and opened his own studio for community clay classes. He has designed and constructed 5 wood burning kilns, including the catenary cross-draft at his alma mater, which is one of the largest wood burning kilns in Tennessee. Eric and his wife Jill are also the proprietors of the Companion Gallery, a retail gallery featuring over 30 nationally recognized ceramic artists.