amelia stamps

amelia stamps
After receiving a BFA in Ceramics from the University of North Carolina in Asheville in 2002, Amelia began working in her own studio, 'Stamps Pottery’ in Kentucky. Amelia creates elegant handmade tableware that has a contemporary flare with a nod to the past.  The curvilinear forms are derived from countless alterations made once the pieces are removed from the wheel. Stamps’ detailed slip decoration patterning is reminiscent of Depression ware glass and delicate embroidery. The subtle green, white and blue tinted glazes have the effect and depth of soda-fired surfaces, yet the layered glazes are fired in oxidation. Amelia has won numerous professional awards such as the Kentucky Arts Council's Emerging Artist grant.  Her work is exhibited in art galleries nationwide and published in Lark Books 500 Pitchers, Plates and Platters.


“Growing up in a family of artists has taught me to appreciate the handmade object. My parents both worked in clay when I was very young. I grew up using their pottery in the home and it inherently became something of great importance. I find a great sense of pride in being a potter because I can carry on the tradition of working with clay while expressing my love for handmade ceramics. I believe that crafting well made objects holds a deep meaning to those working with their hands. We rely on the material to translate an inner language.  It is a language of patience, diligence, contemplation and expression. I want my work to communicate these ideas, as well as, speak of the sensualness of clay as a material. My concentration rests on the idea of making forms that breathe a quiet strength that which holds the users attention, even if for a moment.”