By 2004, Eric had received his undergraduate degree, traveled to 12 countries, been tapped to teach ceramics and had been practicing all facets of technical ceramics for 8 years. 2005 was an important year, as he made a conscious decision to refocus his studio practice from being a formal potter to a maker with a strong understanding of concept. Eric never stopped being a potter and embraced the challenges of communicating his stories without wavering too far from ceramic material. Eric received his masters degree in 2009. After receiving his terminal degree and teaching summer workshops for over a decade in the United States, Eric left the comforts of home and embraced a leadership role refining the worlds largest international, independently run company geared towards ceramic education, art, design and culture in China. Eric returned to the United States in 2016 and now living in Baltimore, Maryland.