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Amy Evans

Amy Evans

Amy Evans uses soft colors and patterns to create subtle ornamentation on her earthenware vessels. Working with white and cream slips, she creates a continuous visual movement over her wheel thrown and handbuilt pots.

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Amy Evans Small Envelope Vase at MudFire Gallery
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Amy Evans Small Envelope Vase at MudFire Gallery
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Amy Evans Medium Envelope Vase at MudFire Gallery
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Amy Evans Medium Envelope Vase at MudFire Gallery
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Amy Evans Tall Envelope Vase at MudFire Gallery
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Amy Evans Flower Brick at MudFire Gallery
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Amy Evans at MudFire

Gallery group show de la Fleur, February 2012

 

Amy Evans Artist Bio

Amy Evans is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Head of the Art Department at Walters State Community College in Morristown, Tennessee. Prior to teaching at Walters State, she has taught workshops at the Arrowmont School of Art and Crafts, The Appalachian Center for Arts and Crafts, and The St. Petersburg Clay Company as well as Eckerd College. She received her MFA in ceramics from East Carolina University in 1998 and her BFA in design from the University of North Texas in 1993. She has exhibited her work nationally and has been included in several publications including Ceramics Monthly and 500 Pitchers.

Amy shares a studio with her husband and fellow ceramic artist Chuck McMahon in Sevierville, Tennessee where they are raising their two boys Elijah and Finnley.

 

Amy Evans Artist Statement

My work revolves around the idea of comfort, both physical and psychological. I see pots as having the incredible privilege of being a part of people's private everyday lives. Because of this intimacy, we let our guard down around pots.

Ornamentation is important to my ideas. I use color and pattern as a way to connect with the user. Color has its own psychology that everyone relates and responds to. The colors I choose to use are meant to give the viewer a subdued relaxed feeling. I find that the subtle shifts between the layers of white and cream slips add depth but also lead the user to a feeling of peace. In addition, I add cooler colors to enhance the surface and reinforce the feelings of comfort and serenity that I seek to achieve in my pots. Patterns run continuously to create narrow borders or to fill large amounts of space. They can flow into tight curves just as easily bend around the belly of a form. The patterns create visual movement representing water and plants. More subtle patterns float in the background giving the eye areas of rest and peacefulness.

The making begins on the wheel, or with bisque molds, slab construction, and coil building. I use shellac, slips, wax, and the inlay technique to slowly build up a decorative surface. White slip brushed over with cream slip and the red earthenware helps to create depth. Shiny translucent glazes are applied over the decorated areas with accents of color to further develop a weathered but serene depth in the surface of my pots.





Amy Evans Artist Resume

Education:
Master of Fine Arts, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. Ceramic Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of North Texas, Denton, TX. Design
Professional Experience:
2005 -Present, Head of Art Department, Assistant Professor of Art, Walter State Community College, Morristown, TN.
2008, Art Instructor, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN.
Adjunct Instructor, Walter State Community College, Morristown, TN.
Art Instructor, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN.
2004, Adjunct Instructor, St Petersburg College, Clearwater, FL.
Adjunct Instructor, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL
Adjunct Instructor, Eckerd College, St Petersburg, FL.
Instructor, The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL.
Instructor, Salt and Soda Workshop, St. Petersburg Clay Co., St. Petersburg, FL.
Artist in Residence, Gallery and Exhibitions
Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, TN.
Instructor, Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, TN.
Volunteer Coordinator, NCECA, Charlotte, NC.
1998-2001Faculty, Department of Art, Ceramics and Technical Theater Gould Academy Boarding School, Bethel, ME.
Graduate Teaching Fellowship in Three Dimensional Design
ECU School of Art
Graduate Teaching Fellowship in Ceramics, ECU School of Art
Selected Exhibitions:
2011, Table Manners, Lark and Key, Charlotte, NC
2009, Faculty Arts Show, Catron Gallery, Morristown, TN
2009, Sevier County Biennial, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
2009, Gulf Coast Community College Second Annual Juried Cup Show, Gulf Coast Community College, Panama City, Florida
2008, Duality, Catron Gallery, Morristown, TN.
2008, Strictly Functional, Lancaster, PA
2007, Colleagues: Community College Art Faculty Exhibition, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfeesburough, TN.
2006, Sevier County Invitational, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN.
2005, Sevier County Biennial Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN.
2004, 100 Teapots II, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD.
2004, Temple Bethel Arts Boutique, Pasadena, FL.
2003, Strictly Functional, The Market House Craft Center, East Petersburg, PA.
2003, 2nd Annual Soda National, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT.
2003, The Clay Cup Kent State University, School of Art, Kent, OH.
2003, Functional Review, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT.
2003, Florida Craftsman 50th Anniversary Traveling Exhibition, Juried Show, The DeLand Museum of Art, DeLand, Fl.
2003, Handcrafted, Invitational Show, Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC.
2003, ECU Ceramics: People and Their Influences, North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC.
2003, New Work By Jen Mecca and Amy Evans-McMahon
Community Council For The Arts, Kinston, NC
2002, Lifelines, Invitational Show, Kinston Arts Center
2002, Members Show, The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL.
2002, A Season of Giving, Florida Craftsman Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL.
2002, Pastabilities, Florida Craftsman, St. Petersburg, FL.
2001, AIR Exhibition, Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, TN.
2001, Functional Clay, Owen Art Gallery, Bethel, ME.
1999, Emerging Artists of the U.S., Vermont Clay Studio, Waterbury VT. Juried Show
1999, Vessels: Half Full/Half Empty, Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC.
1997, Functional Clay & Emerging Artists, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Contemporary American Crafts, Boston, MA.
1997, Texas Clay, Honorable Mention, NCECA, Ft. Worth, TX
1997, MFA Exhibition, Gray Gallery, Greenville, NC
1997, UNT Alumni Show, Union Gallery, Denton, TX.
Honors and Awards:
"Best of Show", 2nd Annual Soda National, The Clay Studio of Missoula, MT.
"Purchase Award", Florida Craftsman's 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Deland, FL.
Publications:
Florida Craftsman 50th Anniversary Exhibition Catalogue
11th Annual Strictly Functional Exhibition Catalogue
Ceramics Monthly, October 1998. p. 20. "Functional Clay and Emerging Artists."
2004500 Pitchers, Lark Books