2nd June 2012
I had a honour and pleasure of working with Alex and Phil on creating porcelain hearts, which doubled as name tags for their wedding breakfast and beautiful favours to keep as a reminder of their celebration.
Made of elegant porcelain and decorated with deep blue details, these hearts matched perfectly with Alex and Phil’s blue and white colour scheme.
Congratulations to the happy couple.  Long may you be happy and prosper!

                                          ‘Period Treasures’ by Amy Heard, 2012

The last year at Kensington and Chelsea College has been an exciting and energising one as I have learnet so much and been given the freedom to let my imagination run loose, whilst keeping within the project set.  My tutors and colleagues have helped me discover what conceptual and technical themes and processes are really at the core of my work.  Thank you for your support and patience.

For our first project on the BTEC National Diploma we were asked to make a piece inspired by items at the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington.  It doubled as an entry to the V&A’s ‘Inspired by…’ competition for adult craft learners.

The piece I made in response is called ‘Period Treasures’ and is inspired by a brass lock from the 1700s.  The concept comes from a play on the meaning of the word ‘period’.  The V&A is a huge learning resource, housing all manner of period decoration and embellishment on ceramics, glass, jewellery, furniture, interiors, garden ware and much more.  ‘Periods’ are an aspect of womens’ lives which is sanitised, simplified and hushed up.  Even today they are something we joke or complain about and I wanted to create a beautiful and luscious space for the reclamation of menstruation as a positive reminder of womens’ ability to give life.

I have done so by making a keep safe box for the mundane, but essential items used during menstruation.  Intricate decals decorate the surface of an ibuprofen packet and porcelain tampons, which have deep red strings allowing them to be used as necklaces.  These sit on luxurious red satin cushioning. 

Lambeth Country Show was lots of fun and thank you to all who came to see me and my pots over the weekend.  Pot buyers were out in force and many were invited to this weekend’s Open Weekend and Sale at North Street Potters at the shop in Clapham.

Here are some pics of me demonstrating.  Many curious onlookers asked questions and a few younger ones helped put slurry on the slabs ready for sticking together.  Perhaps I converted some new potters…

5 fun things I did at the show:
1. Watched my friend Anna win the scarecrow competition
2. Ate churros.  Mmmmm.
3. Gazed at the falconry display and saw a real Bald eagle!
4. Drank cider from a milk bottle.
5. Danced along to Horace Andy
Lambeth Country Show
 
16th & 17th July

Who? Amy Mae Ceramics


What? Demo of impressed planters (also for sale)  


When? THIS WEEKEND! Sat 16th July 4pm-7pm and    Sun 17th July 11am-2pm

Where? Brockwell Park, North Street Potters' stall

How do I get there?  


Tube: Victoria line to Brixton then 15 minutes walk 

Buses: from outside Brixton Tube station 
3, 37 and 196 alight at Brockwell Lido or Herne Hill Station stops
or 
2, 432 and 415 alight at Tulse Hill stop and walk back down to the cross road and turn right down Brixton Water Lane.  The park entrance is on the right.

Train: South Eastern trains to Herne Hill

To find out more about Lambeth Country Show go to:

To find out more about North Street Potters go to:





Hello arty, crafty people of the world.  amy mae ceramics is a small, clay centred venture in Clapham Old Town, London. 





A little info 


amy mae ceramics produces functional and sculptural pieces for your home, garden and loved ones.


Website: www.amymaeceramics.co.uk


The current range of garden planters, ‘Naturally Inspired’ is based on plant sepals (the green ‘flower’  the bud forms under the flower when it opens).   





History 


A childhood spent on a Devon dairy farm has given Amy Mae oodles of natural inspiration.  She loved playing in the meadows, fields and hedgerows on long summer days, inspecting and dissecting plants and watching small creatures go about their business.  Celandine and Buttercups were her favourites back then along with Yarrow, where teeny tiny black bugs would swarm and sweet scented Lily-of-the-valley at the bottom of the garden.
Little did she know at the time that those images and scents would leave her with an indelible curiosity for plants.





Amy Mae’s first experiences with clay were at secondary school, where an inspirational teacher, shared her love and enthusiasm for ceramics and art, and help her feel confident in the medium.


She went on to complete an A Level in Ceramics (3D Design) at East Devon College where she learnt throwing and handbuilding techniques, explored the use of different clay bodies and mixed and used her own  glazes.  Her projects were based on modernism, Scandinavian design, African art, underwater landscapes,Giorgio de Chirico’s paintings the history of ceramics.


Amy Mae continued to practice ceramics from the age of 18, when she went to Bath University to study French and German.  This was at various workshops such as Bath Uni Arts Barn, Riesa Efau in Dresden, The Folkhouse in Bristol and City of Islington College, London.
Finally she decided these flirtations with the squelchy stuff were not enough and sought out a studio.  She found one in Clapham Old Town. 


And this is where the story of amy mae ceramics begins…