Friday, April 4, 2014

Fresh out of the kiln!

 
The kiln fired off yesterday evening, so this morning I was able to unload it and discover these fellas. I have to say that ever since I (relatively) recently switched over to low-fire using red earthenware and terra sigillata, opening the kiln has never been more fun. The vibrancy of the colors and the softness of the surface are just so darn pleasing!

I've been obsessed with these little farm scenes and chickens lately (why exactly will have to be revealed in another post!), but am still resolving the color a bit. A friend pointed out that the blue doesn't reveal the image enough, so the next round may have the yellow and blue swapped. We'll see- new work always requires multiple generations to figure it out. Or at least get a little bit closer to a resolution!
These pieces and others like them will be available at our upcoming Thrown Together sale, held at our house on April 26th (10-4) and 27th (12-4). Our guests this year are two of my favorite potters: Shoko Teruyama and Matt Kelleher! Of course the members of Thrown Together (Jen Mecca, Ron Philbeck, Julie Wiggins, and Michael Hamiln-Smith) will be there with some sweet pots too!


Monday, January 6, 2014

Red Earth exhibit

An exhibit coming up at the Cornelius Arts Center will feature earthenware and stoneware works of mine from January 10-February 28th. The opening is this Friday from 6:30-9:00. I will also be teaching a short demonstration workshop from 1:00-4:00 this Saturday at the Arts Center. You can register online from the link above. 
The Center's executive director and curator, Jen Crickenberger, had this to say about the show: "Red Earth features beautiful ceramic forms and pottery created by local artist, Amy Sanders. Her pieces use textures, layers, color and form to engage the viewer with a nostalgic sense of comfort. Sanders designs functional and sculptural pieces that conjure childhood memories and portray a strong sense of femininity. Natural patters, groupings and an emphasis on her creative process of working with clay allow her work to speak volumes on nature and community."

Friday, November 8, 2013

New work at Lark and Key Gallery

Hey folks! Just wanted to let you know that I just dropped off a large selection of new pots at the beautiful Lark and Key Gallery- just in time for holiday shopping....including, but not limited to, some of the pieces pictured below!


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Pottery talk

As an artist, one of my favorite things to do is to totally nerd out and talk pots with someone who is equally passionate about them. Well, Ron Philbeck and I did just that this past week; we posted our conversation on YouTube so you could join in on our conversation. We're both making new work, so it's pretty exciting....(if I may say so!)

Check it out here:
Ron and Amy interview

For some reason, I couldn't get the video to post directly to the blog (blogger wasn't finding the video on YouTube). Hopefully I'll figure it out and get it on this page tomorrow.

Monday, March 11, 2013

New low-fire work!!

For the last few months I've been testing low-fire glazes and terra sigilattas for new colors and surfaces to use on my work (I'll track back and talk more about this process at a later time). Here's the most recent result: new work headed to Houston for a show during NCECA with my pals from our Thrown Together group (Julie Wiggins, Ron Philbeck and Jen Mecca).  

heading to Houston

I'm really excited about all the potential new colors and finishes. After testing over 60 new colors, chooshing a palette has become daunting, but also exhilarating. I'm not used to so many choices! They'll get pared down over the next few weeks...
handbuilt serving bowl

some applique bowls

coffee server and mugs

tiny preggy vases

thrown and altered vases

a little handled serving dish

Monday, February 25, 2013

Updated Events

Hey all! After a loooong respite from my blog, I'm back.....hopefully! Just updated the events section for this winter and spring. Please check back soon for a real post with pictures!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Exciting news!

No, I'm not pregnant again (although based on the past few years of my life, that would be a fair guess)! I have an instructional DVD coming out! The wonderful Potter's Council invited me up to their headquarters in Columbus, OH this past summer to record some of my techniques. Over the course of a few days we prepped, filmed and laughed a lot. The gang up there is great!
The DVD is organized to cover 5 different surface techniques and then 5 corresponding projects, along with multiple variations of each.
The Ceramic Arts Daily site recently featured a sample clip from the dvd. Check it out here.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Sneak Peak

Here are a few of the pieces featured in the show Inhabitants and Happenstance at Lark and Key Gallery in South End (Charlotte, NC). It runs through the end of May, but the opening is tonight from 6-9:00. Come on out if you're in the area!




For additional pictures, check this out....

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

March shows

March will be quite a month for there there pottery. I've been working on new work in the studio for some shows coming up:

There are some new low-fire bowls of mine being featured in a multi-media group show at Gallery Up in Rock Hill, SC called ARPA:Raw. 8 other artists will have work in clay, painting, printmaking, and installation. The show opens tomorrow (Thursday, March 10) at 7:00.


A sugar/creamer set much like the one below is being featured in the Mad Hatter's Exhibition at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach Florida. Sales from the exhibition help fund their residency program, so if you're in the area, stop by and purchase some pots for a good cause!
Meanwhile, at Craftsman House Gallery in St. Petersburg, FL, I will be participating in an exciting show, The Art of Function, with many talented potters that is taking place during NCECA. So, if you're down for the conference, visiting or live in the area- check out the show (I think it's even on one of the bus tours for NCECA)!
Here are some of the pieces in the show...


I will also be delivering work at the end of the month to Lark and Key Gallery for a dual show with the glorious/magical painter Duy Huynh. The show opens April 1 and runs through the end of May. More details of this to follow...

*This entry is featured on my friend Jessa's blog, Happily Home Sewn, as a Peek of the Week. Check out her blog- it features all her beautifully sewn goodies (mostly for kiddos), two sweet sweet boys and crafty goodness. Thanks Jessa!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Happenings on Dade St.

Yes, yes. I've been away for some time. There's been plenty going on in the studio, but not much computer action. Blogging time has been a bit (happily) distracted by this guy:
....and this rotten (but totally sweet) little guy:
My goal is to jump back in the blogging saddle and update more often...we'll see how that goes! Onto the studio action:
In January, I spent a good bit of time "freshening" up my stamp collection. I have over 200-300 stamps in my "vocabulary" of imagery, but typically only end up using about 20 or so with any regularity. This new round has been one of the best and the results have been very inspiring. Here's a quick preview of a new way that the stamps have been appearing on the pots in a form of "stamp applique."
I'm really excited about the potential of this new surface and am anxious to see these pieces fired through glaze. They may need a whole new clay body and glaze surface (GASP!). We'll see...