Tell us about your first memories of being creative. What were your early influences and/or exposure to art and culture?

As long as I can remember, I always knew I wanted to design something. At seven years old, I was convinced that I was going to design shoes when I grew up: my days would be spent daydreaming and drawing sneakers, sandals, and chunky heels. 

I spent a lot of my holidays as a child on Hornby Island, a small island near Vancouver. A small community of artists and retired draft-dodgers, my mother would always take my sister and I to whatever studio was open on the day; we would sit bored while watching her carefully choose pieces of art she was drawn to. Wayne Ngan, a ceramicist I still deeply admire to this day, was one of those artists.  At the time I never understood what she cherished so much about his work but I can see now how much those visits affected me.

 

Describe your work in 3 sentences or less.

If nothing else, I hope that my work will be timeless. I strive to find a balance between modernism and nostalgia, while keeping functionality in mind at all times. Lately I’ve been really enjoying exploring how colour can fit in to these goals as well.

Amanda Marie Ceramics


ADDRESS Interview with Amanda Marie Ceramics.