Eric was raised just north of Cincinnati, Ohio. While at Vanderbilt University he won the Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award, allowing him to travel to the Samband Íslenskra Myndlistarmanna (SÍM) residency in Reykjavík. It also helped convince him to not go to dental school; he has instead worked as a screen printer, web designer, artist assistant, and crisis aversion specialist, before enrolling at Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2014.
Eric spent the summer between years at Cranbrook at the European Ceramic Work Center (EKWC) in Oisterwijk, the Netherlands learning, assisting, and making. Upon his return to Cranbrook, he assumed the kiln technician role.
He presently works as Arlene Shechet's studio manager.
He has shown coast to coast in the US, and internationally in Iceland and the Netherlands.
We are like sailors who on the open sea must reconstruct their ship but are never able to start afresh from the bottom. Where a beam is taken away a new one must at once be put there, and for this the rest of the ship is used as support. In this way, by using the old beams and driftwood the ship can be shaped entirely anew, but only by gradual reconstruction.