Potbellied Potter at ArtWalk

Article Published: Mar. 27 | Modified: Mar. 27
Potbellied Potter at ArtWalk

Robert Erardi’s Mountain Man Mugs and other pieces are on display and for sale at ArtWalk in downtown Boone.

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This week, ArtWalk is featuring the work of the Potbellied Potter, Robert Erardi.

Erardi was born to a big Italian family in Connecticut. He learned early on to use his hands to create pieces, such as the “copper pheasant” and a little “potbellied stove,” that would be presents for his father, Frank, and a love for artistry was born.

Erardi has an appreciation for art in various forms, being an able blacksmith, woodturner and woodworker. He has also dabbled in stained glass, jewelry making and oil painting. Pottery came as the natural next step in his artistic exploration.

He studied under many High Country potters involved with Appalachian State University’s Crafts Enrichment Program, including Eric Reichard, Maggie Black, Jimmy Savely and Lucy Hamilton. Each has enhanced his knowledge and allowed him to evolve as a potter, he said.

Erardi is well known locally for his Mountain Man Mugs, inspired, he said, “by a real live mountain man currently residing in the North Carolina mountains, who was born of humble means in Tennessee, living off the land and possibly even having a pet bear if legend is to be believed.”
Erardi currently lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina with his family and looks forward to the next chapter in his “journey in controlled chaos.”

ArtWalk is located at 611 W. King St. in downtown Boone. For more information, call (828) 264-9998, or visit http://www.artwalkboone.com.

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For more information or to make a submission, contact editor Frank Ruggiero at (frank@mountaintimes.com) or (828) 264-6397.

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