Amy Meya

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Artist Statement

The most important part of my work is the medium, I am passionate about clay itself - taking a lump of mud and forming it into an object - as it fills a primal urge for me. The intimate and personal nature of ceramic objects stands out against other mediums in my soul. I believe it is a mirror to our past and the human history of clay can be seen in museums throughout the world.


Process is the next step and one I thrill in. I roll out a large slab of clay and free hand the desired shape by cutting. The piece can be molded over a bowl form and left to dry until it is leather hard. When the time is right, and the art demands it, hand carving is brought into the plan. This makes each and every piece a one-of-a-kind.


Clay lends itself so perfectly to depictions of nature. My family and I love to camp and hike and there is nothing more peaceful than being in the woods. Even in the urban environment I live and work in, I love staring at the shapes of tree branches, watching flocks of birds swoop across the sky, and collecting interesting seed pods. Growing gourds and sunflowers in my studio courtyard is a deep pleasure that is occasionally reflected in my work. I take many natural forms that I find interesting in the wild and express them through my clay work. I hope that  a deep message of appreciation and conservation of nature comes across in my life's work. If we decimate all the wild areas then we will have no place to retreat when we need some peace. 



Amy Meya 


Amy Meya, ceramic artist, is a highly recognized American artist whose work can be found in private and public collections in the United States, France, and Holland. In addition to her own work, Amy Meya is a respected teacher at the Kansas City Clay Guild, sharing her experience and passion for the ceramic arts with others. Her article in the May/June, 2013 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated examines her passion for tessellation, pattern and ceramics. Amy Meya makes herself available for commissioned work and public speaking in the ceramic field. She is represented by award-winning and customer service driven galleries and stores nationwide.

Biography

Education:
Primarily a self-taught ceramic artist, education includes living and working in 
The Netherlands for five years, and extensive travel throughout Europe. Limited formal  education through the KC Art Institute, and Longview Community College.
 A six year exhibitor at the Buyer's Market of American Craft in Philadelphia, from 2008-2013
Solo Exhibitions:
 2016: e x t r u s i o n; exhibition at the Trap Gallery, Columbus Park, Kansas City, MO
 2014: Exhibitor with Arts KC Now Showing program, exhibited at 5 locations
 2011: Untitled,  exhibition at the Gladstone Community Center, Gladstone, MO
 2010: Perched, Langman Gallery, Willow Grove, PA, 
2006: New Works, Kansas City Kansas Public Library, Sarah Bohndorf, curator, Kansas City, KS, 
2005: Interlude, Jenkins Place, Urban Culture Project, Kansas City, MO, 
2004:  Tiles, Kansas City Kansas Public Library, Sarah Bohndorf, curator, Kansas City, KS, 
2002: Baltimore, One Block West, Kansas City, MO, represented by Julie Lawson
2000:  Guardians, 520 Gillis Gallery, Kansas City, MO, represented by Angela Grisales
1999:  Space, Centered Earth Gallery, Kansas City, MO, the gallery at the KC Clay Guild
1998: From the Sea to the Stars, West 38th street, Kansas City, MO, alternative   space
1997: Sea Forms, One Block West, Kansas City, MO, represented by Julie Lawson  
1997: A year’s work, Centered Earth Gallery, Kansas City, MO, the gallery at the  KC Clay Guild 
Group Exhibitions:
 2016: Art Design Consultants: Blink Artist showcase
 2015: Spectrum Miami, through Art Design Consultants
2008: Home and Garden Show, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI www.pewabic.com
 2004: Upon Closer Inspection, The Farm, Kansas City, MO, represented by Mindy Goodman
2000: Figuratively Speaking, Van Duesen Gallery, Prairie Village, KS,  represented by Paul McMillan
1996: Closures, juried show, Centered Earth Gallery, Kansas City, MO, the  gallery at the KC Clay Guild Commissions:
 2016: Custom installation of Orchids for private residence, San Diego, CA, through Valerie Pulido Designs
 2016: Centerpieces for 110 tables for Women's Employment Network luncheon, through STUFF, Kansas City, MO
 2016: Custom installation of Wall Flowers for public space through Art Expressions, Gurnee, IL
 2016: Custom installation of Poppies for custom built art niche in Reno, NV, through Artful Home
 2016: Custom installation of Poppies for private residence in Scottsdale, AZ, through Artful Home
 2015: Centerpieces for 110 tables for the Women's Employment Network luncheon, through STUFF, KC, MO
 2015: Installation of floral work in lobby of St. Luke's Hospital, Leavenworth, KS  
 2013: Installation of large tiles "Windswept" for Artists Circle Fine Arts      
 2006: Horses,  for private collector David Kateuse
 2006: Untitled vases, flower containers, commissioned by the Kauffman Performing Arts center  the ground breaking ceremony, flowers by Matney Floral of Prairie Village, KS
 2003: St. Francis and Birds, incorporated in architect Corey Ruppert’s home  design, Westside, 
Kansas City, MO. Collaborative project with Angela Grisales.             
 2002: 4322 and One Blue Bird; the Four Seasons, for Patti Banks Associates’ 
          lobby, 201 Main Street, Kansas City, MO. Collaborative project with Angela Grisales
2001: Iguana Crawl, for the Salty Iguana Restaurant, Lawrence Kansas
2001: 1950’s Iguanas, for the home of the Salty Iguana Restaurant owner, Kansas City, MO
2001: Bright Iguanas, for the home of the Salty Iguana Restaurant owner,  Kansas City, MO
1999: Cherish, for Julia Duckwall, private collector, Kansas City, MO
1998:  Iguanas of the Earth, for the Salty Iguana Restaurant, Kansas City, MO
Gallery Representation:
Bluestem Missouri Crafts, Columbia, MO
STUFF , Kansas City, MO               
Pewabic Pottery , Detroit, MI                 
Phoenix Gallery , Lawrence, KS  
Hanni Gallery, Pellston, MI
Indigenous, Cincinnati, OH       
                   
                  
Publications:
 2016: Blink Art Resource guide
 2016: Artful Home catalog: Poppies and Wall Flowers
 2015: Artful Home catalog: Poppies
 2014: Artful Home catalog; Acorns
 2013: Pottery Making Illustrated, article titled "Designing with Tessellations"
 2011 : Kansas City Star, Green Home section
 2010 : New Letters, A magazine of writing and art published by UMKC
 2010 : Philadelphia Inquirer, review of Perched show
 2009: BAO Link, an on line trade publication
 2006: Crochet Magazine, a publication of Interweave press, featuring Interlude
 2004: Sensored Magazine, an on-line art magazine www.sensored.com
 2004: HGTV’s show Crafters Coast to Coast. Air date December, 2004.
 2003: Kansas City Star
 2002: Kansas City Star, Star Magazine

Awards:
2007: First place 3-d artist, Art in the Park, Lawrence, KS