Artist: Eric Botbyl
Eric Botbyl, TENNESSEE
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There is a softness and warmth about the ceramic vessel that carries with it every touch of the potter and mark of the flame. Clay is unique in its ability to record the history of its own making, and the preservation of this process is a vital element of my work. Much of my work is inspired by the idea of “entasis,” an architectural design technique used by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks ... The term, simply translated, means “swollen” or “stretched thin.” While my application is a bit more fluid and organic than the idea presented in historical context, it is at the root of everything I hope my life and work to be. I am influenced by everything from my wife’s pregnant figure to the textured crop lines of rural western Tennessee. Oranges, eyes, barn wood, baby fat, balloon animals, and pine cones are a constant investigation points. I am intrigued by the idea of life swelling from within, seeds breaking through the earth’s surface, and the force of gravity which perpetually plays against them. Beyond inspiration and influence, I love the sheer physicality of working with clay. There is heavy lifting, grunting, cutting, wedging, sweating, centering, hollowing, pushing and pulling... action, art, muscle, mind and craftsmanship... curiosity, exploration, influence, risk, music, spirit and flesh... smoothing, scratching, scraping, bending, folding, denting... texture, color, pattern, design and decision... history, memory, chemistry, alchemy and serendipity. There are blacks, reds, oranges, yellows and whites... smoke, grit, gloss, sweat, hunger, humor, caffeine, work and rest. There is anticipation, fellowship, congratulations, disappointment and surprise. The challenge remains for me to create vessels that continuously speak to these elements and beyond.
Eric Botbyl Pottery, Self Employed Studio Potter.
Companion Gallery, Director.
3 Man Show: Matt Schiemann, Eric Botbyl, Todd Pletcher. Pewabic Gallery. Detroit, MI
Akar Yunomi Invitational. Iowa City, IA
Annual Cup Show, Invited. Dog’s Eye Gallery. San Marcos, TX
5 Day Hands On Handle with Care/ Soda Fire Workshop. Pewabic. Detroit, MI
5 Day Hands On Handle with Care/Woodfire Workshop. StarWorks, Star, NC
The Intimate Object XII: Charlie Cummings Gallery. Chapel Hill, NC
In Flux 12 X 12: Nashville, TN
Prime Ceramics: Harvey Wood Gallery, ASU. Curated by Heather Couch
24th SFPN. Lancaster, PA Best Thrown and Altered Award
Irons in the Fire: Companion Gallery. Humboldt, TN
The Simple Cup Invitational: Kobo Gallery. Seattle, WA
Dirty South Cup Show, Invited. Alexandria, LA
Earth>Water>Fire. The Art of the Mug. Phoenix Gallery. Kansas City, MO.
Last Call: Companion Gallery. Humboldt, TN
Michiana Pottery Tour. Goshen IN
Sarnia/ Lambton Potters Guild. Sarnia, Ontario
Handle with Care Workshop. Goshen, Indiana
Buchanan Arts Center. Buchanan, Michigan
Collin College Ceramics. Plano, TX
23rd Strictly Functional Pottery National. Lancaster, PA
Twin Cups National Ceramic Exhibition. MWSU. 2nd Place Cash Award
Michiana Pottery Tour. Goshen, IN
Biennial Cup Show. Morean Center for Clay. St. Petersburg, FL
22nd Strictly Functional Pottery National. Lancaster, PA
Tabletop Ceramics. The Art League Gallery. Alexandria, VA