Eric Knoche grew up in White Bear Lake and had a very bad attitude towards pottery as a child and young adult. Towards the end of his time at the U of M, Morris, he touched clay for the first time and after that could no long imagine doing anything else with his life. He subsequently worked for two years with ceramist Jeff Shapiro and for six months with Isezaki Jun, Living National Treasure, Bizen, Japan. In 2011 he discovered the Argentine tango and now splits his passions between clay work and dancing. In addition he enjoys playing Sheepshead, trap shooting and checking the cloud formations for the face of Elvis. Eric lives in Asheville, NC with his wife, Kristin.