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Amy Sanders

Amy Sanders

Amy Sanders is a potter whose stoneware vessels create a balance of visual elements of form, texture and pattern with utility. Her work is infused with patterns from textiles, architecture, nature and quilting. Amy’s work, which includes functional pottery as well as decorative wall pieces, has the appearance of soft quilted fabric although it is made of fired clay.

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Amy Sanders Mug at MudFire Gallery
Price: $38.00
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Amy Sanders Textured Ceramic Teapot at MudFire Gallery
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Amy Sanders Mug at MudFire Gallery
Price: $38.00
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Amy Sanders Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Amy Sanders Textured Ceramic Lidded Jar at MudFire Gallery
Price: $95.00
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Amy Sanders Artist Bio

Amy Sanders is a mom, wife and potter whose stoneware vessels create a balance of visual elements of form, texture and pattern with utility. She currently works as a studio artist, teaches adult handbuilding classes at Clayworks Studio and conducts workshops in the region. Sanders recently completed a large-scale public art piece for the city of Charlotte and was an 18-month Affiliate Artist at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, NC in 2006. Her work is exhibited in galleries throughout the United States, several publications and at American Craft council shows. Sanders has been awarded Regional Artist Grant through the Arts and Science Council in Charlotte, NC.

Growing up in southern Ohio, Sanders spent her early years watching her mother and grandmothers sew. Upon moving to Charlotte in 1999, she did not have a clay studio in which to create; Sanders began to sew herself. Her experiences with sewing began to breathe life into her clay work. Patterns, textures and seams from fabrics and textiles appeared in her stamped clay vessels.

Sanders received her BA in art and secondary education from Centre College in Danville, KY, where she also worked as an assistant in the clay and drawing studios and served on a professional glass blowing crew. For two summers Sanders was interim manager at Clayworks. Sanders' honors include: Exhibiting Member of Piedmont Craftsmen, "Best of Show: Award of Distinction," Blowing Rock Art in the Park, "Best Booth Design," Ohio Designer Craftsmen, numerous artist-in-residence experiences including Huntingtowne Ridge Elementary School, Garinger High School, and Bruns Ave. Elementary School.

 

Amy Sanders Artist Statement

The physical and creative nature of working with clay satisfies my desire to play, construct, experiment, and yes, to get dirty. Patterns in textiles, architecture, nature and quilting inspire me to create works that invite touch and evoke a sense of nostalgic comfort. Early in the construction process, clay is soft and pliable; I enjoy building pieces that reflect these properties even after the clay has become hard from firing. I often make pieces with the intention of showing them in a grouping. Much like people, each piece interacts with another, creating a rhythmic conversation by leaning or even touching.

The isolation of working alone in my studio has heightened my awareness of the importance of people and true community in my life. I experience this community through sharing food, celebrations, worship, teaching, athletic competition, group traveling, and music, as well as interactions with the city itself. My desire for a sense of place and history while living within a fast-paced, urban environment is reflected in my work.





Amy Sanders Artist Resume

Education:
1999 Bachelor of Arts, Art, certified in secondary education, Centre College, Danville, KY
Recent Exhibitions:
2009
Winter Show, Green Hilll Art Center, Greensboro, NC
Abundance,/Abundance Lost, Waterworks Visual Art Center, Salisbury, NC
New Works, Lark and Key Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Drawn to Clay, Claymakers, Durham, NC
Circle of Eight, Carolina Creations Gallery, New Bern, NC
3rd Annual Teapot Invitational, Craftsman House Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
Featured Artist, Fayetteville Art Museum Shop, Fayetteville, NC
Focus on Function: Presenters, Funke Fired Arts, Cincinnati, OH
2008
Out of the Box, Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC
Circle of Eight, Pullen Arts Center, Raleigh, NC
All Fired Up: Reflective Firing, Secrets Gallery, Hastings on Hudson, NY
Circle of Eight, Lark and Key Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2nd Annual Teapot Invitational, Craftsman House Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
Infusion 10 x 10, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO
Songcatcher, Lark and Key Gallery, Charlotte, NC
ARPA 10: Just Works, Center for the Arts, Rock Hill, SC
Featured Artist, Cabarrus County Arts Council, Concord, NC
Inside Outside, Gaston College, Jeanne Rauch Gallery, Gastonia, NC
ARPA 10: Just Works, UNC at Charlotte, Rowe Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2007
In Its Right Place, Iredell County Museum, Statesville, NC
Holidazzle, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY
Methods and Techniques, Greenwood Art Center, Greenwood, SC
Intimate Vessels: Cups, Tumblers, and Teabowls, Jenison-Meacham Art Center, Belmond, Iowa
Rooted in Craft: All Things Botanical, Milton Rhodes Gallery, Winston Salem, NC
Featured Artist, Heartwood Gallery, Saluda, NC
Eight Emerging Artists & Their Influences, Mad About Art, Louisville, KY
Amy Sanders & Charlotte Faust, Studio 242, Charlotte, NC
American Craft Council fine craft show, Baltimore, MD
Treasures of the Earth, Cleveland County Arts Council, Shelby, NC
At Home and Away: Intimate Portraits, Webster University Visual Arts Center, Louisville, KY
ARPA 10: Just Works, Oconee County Museum of Art, Watkinsville, GA
Carolina Clay Matters, Wilkes Art Gallery, Wilkesboro, NC
2006
Textured Works: Solo Show, NC Craft Gallery, Carrboro, NC
Cup: The Intimate Object V, Clay Studio, Fort Wayne, IN
Circle of Eight, Wooden Stone Gallery, Davidson, NC
American Craft Council fine craft show, Charlotte, NC
Piedmont Craft Show, Winston-Salem, NC
New Member Show, Piedmont Craft Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, East Petersburg, PA
Fresh from the Kiln, Redsky Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Carolina Clay Matters, Wilkes Art Gallery, Wilkesboro, NC
2005
Made at McColl: Affiliate Artist Exhibition, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC
Piedmont Craft Show, Winston-Salem, NC
2nd Annual Teapot Show, Redsky Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Affiliate Artist Exhibition, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC
2004
Carolina Clay Matters, North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC
Affiliate Artist Exhibition, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC
The Art of Food and Wine, Redsky Gallery, Charlotte, NC
1st Annual Teapot Show, Redsky Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Cup Show, Icehouse Center, Davidson, NC
American Craft Council fine craft show, Charlotte, NC
2003
Craftique Showroom, High Point International Furniture Show, High Point, NC
American Craft Council fine craft show, Charlotte, NC
Passion, Myersart Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Featured Artist, Carolina Clay Connection, Charlotte, NC
2001
From Our Kilns, Wachovia Atrium, Charlotte, NC
Area Educators, CAL Kaleidoscope Gallery, Charlotte, NC