The Potbellied Potter

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Article Published: Feb. 14, 2013 | Modified: Feb. 14, 2013
The Potbellied Potter

Robert Erardi's pottery is now on display and available for purchase at ArtWalk in downtown Boone.

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Robert Erardi is The Potbellied Potter.

He resides in the mountains of Western North Carolina with his family, and his artwork is now on display and available for sale at ArtWalk in Boone.

Erardi was born and raised in Connecticut in a big Italian family, where he spent time learning to use his hands to create pieces of art – from the "copper pheasant" to the little "potbellied stove" that he made as gifts for his father, Frank.

Sure enough, a young artist was born.

Erardi said he’s always had a love of the arts in various forms and sought to perfect numerous crafts, including blacksmithing, woodturning and woodworking. He has also dabbled in stained glass, rock candles, jewelry and oil painting. Pottery seemed to be the next step in his natural progression as an artist.

Erardi said he has become an "obsessed soul immersed in the mud.” He has studied under many of the High Country's premier potters involved in Appalachian State University’s Crafts Enrichment Program, including Maggie Black, Jimmy Savely and Lucy Hamilton.

Each has enhanced Erardi’s knowledge of the craft, he said, adding he will forever be grateful to each of them. He humbly acknowledged that he’ll continue to evolve as a potter and will look forward to what comes next in his "journey in controlled chaos.”

ArtWalk is located at 611 W. King St. in downtown Boone. For more information, or to inquire about individual gallery booths for rent, call (828) 264-9998, e-mail ( or visit

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