Amy Elswick credits her Eastern Kentucky family heritage and her quiltmaking paternal and maternal grandmothers for her creative roots. Her love for clay developed while she was a student at Berea College working in the ceramics studio for the Berea College Student Craft Program. While at Berea College, she focused on wheel throwing. Amy’s hand building is influenced by time spent in Mexico, and by studying and working with nationally known Russian ceramicist Sergei Isopov.
Amy uses two types of clays for her work, an “earthy” red clay and a very fine textured white stone-ware fired to cone 6. She uses both hand building and wheel throwing techniques and makes all her glazes from scratch. Amy hopes that through her design, glaze palette and combination of texture and pattern, her work brings joy into everyday life.
Amy’s work can also be found at Promenade Gallery in Berea, KY; Completely Kentucky, in Frankfort, KY; the Kentucky Museum of Arts + Design, Louisville, KY; and many Kentucky State Park gift shops.