Reichard pottery at Hands Gallery

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Article Published: Jun. 13, 2013 | Modified: Jun. 13, 2013
Reichard pottery at Hands Gallery

Eric Reichard is this month’s featured artist at Hands Gallery in downtown Boone.

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Eric Reichard is this month’s featured artist at Hands Gallery in downtown Boone.

Reichard has lived in the High Country for 43 years, with 39 of those spent teaching in Appalachian State University’s technology department.

According to Hands, “His passion for teaching and dedication to students have made him an honored and respected professor during his tenure at ASU. His students can attest to his enthusiasm, humor and talent.”

In addition to his academic efforts, Reichard is also the founder of the university’s Craft Enrichment Program. The program offers workshops designed to give community members a hands-on experience through many forms of creative expression.

Since its inception, the program has grown to offer classes in nearly 20 different mediums and has shared the creative experience with thousands of community members.

That creative experience also involves his life’s passion — ceramics. For more than 40 years, Reichard has been creating both functional and fine art objects. He has studied pottery extensively both in the United States and overseas in countries as diverse as Japan and Kenya.

In addition to a home studio, he recently built an award-winning kiln and kiln shed at his Boone home.

According to the gallery, “This beautiful and functional addition will allow Eric to continue to push the limits of his creative expression.”

In line with this goal, Reichard is currently working on a series of combination thrown and coil pots that require considerable time and detail, taking weeks to create.

After years of community service, Reichard will move toward retirement this fall. While he’s excited to focus more on his art, travel and family, Reichard said he will never completely stop teaching the next generation of artists, as his passion will always include the opportunity to share his art with others.

Hands Gallery is located at 543 W. King St. in downtown Boone. For more information, call (828) 262-1970 or visit

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Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of The Mountain Times, featuring short news items submitted by local galleries.

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

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