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Dobbins, Buddy

Dobbins, Buddy

Berea, KY


functional pottery

Having lived in Madison County, KY since 4th grade, Buddy Dobbins first saw pottery being made when his High School art teacher demonstrated in class. He was really fascinated by clay – and his teacher suggested he visit Tater Knob pottery outside of Berea. He went to a sale at Tater Knob Pottery and got his first chance at working on the wheel. He soon found him working at Tater Knob making pottery and doing studio odd jobs during the summer.


Buddy then went to Eastern Kentucky University, studied under Joe Molinaro, and graduated in 2007 with a BFA degree in ceramics. He has worked at Powdermill Pottery making forms for them.



Buddy mainly creates functional pots and especially likes doing pitchers and teapots for the challenge these forms present. He works with high fired stoneware clay and makes a variety of items for kitchen and table use.  He states, “Pitchers and teapots naturally have a very strong anthropomorphic reference which I find intriguing.” Buddy occasionally teaches pottery for the Continuing Education classes at Eastern Kentucky University.


Works by Buddy Dobbins can be found at the The Cotton Patch, Renfro Valley, KY; and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.