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February Issue 2003
Myersart Gallery/Clay on Camden in Charlotte, NC, Features Works by Amy Hunt and Amy Sanders
Myersart Gallery/Clay on Camden in Charlotte, NC, will offer the exhibit, Passion, during the month of Feb., 2003, featuring works in clay by Amy Hunt and Amy Sanders. The theme "Passion" represents how obviously passionate both women are about their work.
Each artist creates pots with her own signature
look. Hunt works in black and natural colors marked by her signature
swirl designs. Sanders creates quilted and stamped pieces using
a variety of earthy tones and colors. Their work is primarily
Hunt believes pottery should be as functional as it is beautiful, therefore works in durable stoneware.
While studying French at UNC-Charolotte, Hunt,
who also studied opera at The University of Illinois, took a pottery
class for relaxation. Fascinated and determined to learn the craft,
she apprenticed under master potter Kim Chapman for two years.
She works from her home studio in Monroe, NC, and devotes most
of her time to her craft. Although she is no longer pursuing a
career in music, she confides that she still sings to her pots
in the studio.
Hunt will debut limited edition pieces especially for the show. She says she won't be venturing outside the style she is known for, but will create new functional pieces that will compliment her signature vases, teapots, cups and bowls.
Amy Sanders began potting during her sophomore year at Center College in Danville, KY. Originally a biology major, she changed majors after taking a ceramics class where she fell in love with the craft. After graduating she took a year off from potting and began sewing and quilting, which greatly influences her present artwork.
"My work is highly influenced by textiles and patterns," Sanders says. Using a combination of wheel-thrown and handbuilt pieces, Sanders says she hardly ever leaves a piece as it was thrown, but alters the forms. She says she often leaves "seams" when altering the form as a reminder of the process. She describes her work as personified, as the clay takes on a life of its own. "It's like they take on their own characters, like they're having a conversation."
Sanders also designs her own stamps from clay,
which she uses to add decoration and texture to her work.Sanders
describes herself as obsessed with texture and likes her creations
to look "soft." For instance her quilted, patchwork
bowls appear billowy, as if they were made of swatches of fabric
sewn together and filled with cotton. Sanders wants her work to
serve as a memory that the hard, solid clay was once soft and
Originally from Cincinatti, OH, Sanders teaches at Country Day School and works at Clay Works teaching adult classes. "I hope my work reflects fun and playfulness, and how much I enjoy it."
Both artists enjoy contrasting rough and smooth textures with shiny and matte finishes. "The rough painted surfaces are actually the raw clay," Hunt says of her works' exterior, which contrasts with shiny inner surfaces. "This allows the user to feel the natural texture of the medium," she explains.
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