Eric Botbyl of Humboldt creates pottery that is well-known nationwide. In 2014 he was accepted into the 22nd Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National which is considered to be one of the most prestigious surveys of contemporary functional ceramics in North America. Eric and his wife Jill are also the proprietors of the Companion Gallery, a retail gallery featuring over a dozen nationally recognized ceramic artists.
Wanda Stanfill of No. 9 Design and Fine Arts Studio is the art committee co-chair for the West Tennessee Artisan Trail. She is a graphics designer with more than 25 years of experience in commercial art. As a sculptor, she is creating.the Sue Shelton White monument for Jackson, Tennessee, for the Tennessee Suffrage Monument celebrations commemorating the ratification of the 19th Amendment. She creates papier mache sculptures as well; one of Carl Perkins “Blue Suede Shoes” now belongs to the John Cossette family in Hollywood. Cossette was the producer of the Grammy Awards. She creates pet portraits and children’s portraits. She illustrates children’s books and has written one of her own.
Tim Pace of Finger creates nationally known recycled metal art. Pace has his works in the gift shop of the National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, Tennessee; at the Mississippi Crafts Center, Ridgeland, Mississippi; and in the Corinth Artist Guild Gallery, Corinth, Mississippi. You can also see his Eco-Art pieces on permanent display at the Jackson-Madison County Library in Jackson, Tennessee; at The Children’s Museum of the Shoals in Florence, Alabama; and in the Children’s Learning Center, and “My Big Backyard,” at the Memphis Botanic Gardens in Memphis.