Amy makes sculptural works from broken Staffordshire pottery figurines: surreal interventions connected to the original body of the pottery. Where the piece is broken directs her intervention; thoughtfully and often with humour, fusing narrative and historical context to create a unique and extraordinary object for our extraordinary times.
Working with traditional restoration techniques and forming her own version of extreme kintsugi repair with the craft of gesso, gilding materials and recipes from the 14th century, Amy creates and re-invents these objects: a folk art reloaded.
She is always interested in the narrative that comes with ownership of objects. Hereditary tales of families and individuals becomes integral to the story of the inanimate.
The nations' KnickKnacks are the props to the stories of our lives, loves, travels and personal folktales. Amy enjoys reading folktales, myths and legends from around the world. Often these can be the same stories in a different guises, formed from a collective consciousness.
Her play and subversion in ceramic form connects the present to the past and demands attention in our inattentive and jaded world.
Amy's work is in numerous private collections around the world. Her first solo show was in New York at The Jack Hanley Gallery and she currently is on show at Paul Smith Albermarle St Mayfair, London.
1991 Edinburgh Collage of Art
1994-98 City and Guilds of London Art School
2011 Camberwell College of Art , MA Printmaking
Amy currently facilitates an inclusive community art group called The Bee Hive Art club at Atelier Beside the Sea .