Amy Elswick's interest in clay began in 1987 when she was a student at Berea College. "My job in the ceramics studio as an apprentice was an epiphany," Amy says. "After a long search, I had found clay, and it fit my hands like a glove."
Amy worked as a production potter the entire time she was at Berea. By working in the ceramics studio, she was able to experiment with many types of clay, methods of creating, firing atmospheres and glazing techniques. An added benefit was the college's craft marketing program, which encouraged and guided students toward the possibilities of craft as a career.
"My current work is focused on a production line of functional pottery and one of a kind raku pieces," she says. Amy's work is predominately wheel thrown although the slab roller is a frequently used tool. She enjoys melding wheel and hand built pieces into unique works of art.
"My inspiration comes from manipulating the clay. I find the most satisfaction in being able to carve into leather-hard clay, completely changing the energy of a pot."