Eric Botbyl – Thrown Square Lidded Jar

Hello, everyone! I’m Eric Botbyl, and today, I want to share my passion for ‘Thrown and Altered Boxes’ with you.

For the past few years, I’ve been exploring these angular forms, a bit different from my usual organic work. I’m particularly drawn to lidded boxes, the idea of keeping something hidden and protected.

In this workshop, I’ll guide you through the process. It all starts with a five-pound block of clay on the wheel, shaped into a tapered cylinder. We’ll make some cuts, add and adjust clay, and as it solidifies, we’ll discover new possibilities for alterations. We’ll even add a slab on top, opening up more creative options.

It’s a project that takes a couple of hours, but I’m excited to take you to the wheel and get started on these Thrown and Altered Boxes!

After this workshop you could be making fantastic pieces like these:

When you buy this workshop, you get:

  • Instant Access to Watch my pre-recorded Workshop
    • The workshop is 1 hour 21 minutes long.
    • You can watch it as soon as you purchase this workshop & login to your account.
  • Bonus Q&A
    • Watch my bonus Q&A where I answered questions about my process face-to-face.
  • Lifetime Access to the Replays
    • The workshop and the Q&A are recorded, and you will have lifetime access to it. You can watch it online, or download it to your device to watch offline at any time.

About Eric Botbyl

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. 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 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 40 nationally recognized ceramic artists.


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  • Price: $ 39 USD

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Catherine Blaya
Posted 5 months ago
Brilliant !

I really liked the step by step teaching. Very clear and precise. I have started my first box, will send a photo later. Thank you so much for this course that has opened up new perspectives.

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