I create functional pottery made of porcelain. These pieces are intended to be used and enjoyed daily, to bring nature inside and inspire those who use them. I seek to create work which reflects my love of nature and the outdoors. Observing trees, plants and wildlife in my backyard and beyond inspires me. I attempt to incorporate more then what I see into my work, hoping to evoke feelings of joy, happiness and calm. These are the feelings reminiscent of how we experience nature itself. The ideas and images are transferred onto the clays surface through hand painting, stamping, and sprigs. The pieces created are whimsical, narrative and completely functional. This pottery represents the beautiful seasons of Pennsylvania.
Amanda grew up in Chester County Pennsylvania. She spent much of her childhood exploring the outdoors, mostly the fields and woods surrounding her family home. Amanda’s parents shared with her a love of gardening, bird watching. and the outdoors. Amanda first learned how to make pottery in 2000 while attending college at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. There, she began learning the arduous and exciting process of making pots. Amanda earned a BFA in 2003 and, upon graduation, she decided to move to Pittsburgh to learn about the arts community and to continue on her journey of making pots. In 2005, she began teaching at the Manchester Craftsman’s Guild where she taught for eight years. In 2010, Amanda created her own home studio and Wolf’s Den Pottery was born. It was around this time Amanda switched from pursuing high fire gas, soda and wood fired pots and began creating mid range porcelain pottery. This current body of mid range porcelain work is inspired by observations in her back yard and beyond. This imagery includes many bird, flower, plant and tree patterns and designs, that she works onto the surface of the pots. She also continues to teach private lessons from her home studio and sometimes teaches various local classes and workshops around the Pittsburgh region.