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Amy Elswick, Clay House Pots

Amy Elswick began her career in 1987, as a student at Berea College. She worked as an apprentice in the ceramics studio until 1991, learning everything from clay techniques to skills in marketing.

After graduation, Amy took classes and later worked for the Metro Arts Center in Louisville. She also taught at the Beechmont Community Center and began work as a studio artist. These experiences expanded her knowledge in hand building.

In 1998, Amy established Clay House Pots, where she produces a line of functional pottery using both wheel-thrown and hand-built forming techniques. She strives to make pieces that convey a sense of festivity, believing that even something as simple as a coffee mug, if created the right way, can bring its owner lots of joy and happiness while serving the morning coffee. Her philosophy on art: “Use it and enjoy it!”

Amy is a member of the Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation, the Kentucky Craft Marketing program, the Louisville Visual Art Association, and the Sheltowee Artisans. Her work is featured in numerous regional craft fairs, including the St. James Court Fair in Louisville; the Penrod Society Art Fair in Indianapolis; the Dayton Art Institute Oktoberfest in Dayton, OH; and the International Gift Fair in New York City.

Program 321

A visit to the Louisville studio of Amy Elswick, owner of Clay House Pots; visual artist Boris Zakic; and music from Hog Operation. (#321)


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