Amy’s ceramic work is a reflection of her lifelong pursuit of art. Amy earned a Bachelor of Arts from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1997 – with a double major in Art and Psychology. She then moved to Waynesville, NC and completed the Professional Crafts – Clay Program at Haywood Community College under Gary Clontz. After graduating from HCC in 2002, Amy sought and secured an internship with her mentor, NC potter Sarah Rolland. Sarah owns and operates the Village Potters in Asheville, NC in the River Arts District.
In 2003, Amy Gelber Pottery first opened its doors in Greensboro, NC. In 2005, the business moved to Columbia, SC and then Amy left for Shigaraki, Japan the following year. There she worked as an artist-in-residence, studied Japanese ceramic technique and shared studio space with world-renowned ceramic artists for 8 months.
While in Japan, Amy started to transform her functional work into sculpture under the direction of the “Funk Artists” Peter VandenBerge, Camile VandenBerge and Tony Natsoulas. These California artists studied with the father of Funk Art, Robert Arneson. Under this influence Amy found tremendous freedom to explore various techniques, learn new ways to sculpt and incorporate themes like time, space, faith, peace, nature and creation into her work.
In 2008, Amy returned to the states and reopened her pottery business in Orange County, NC. She continues to make both functional and sculptural work from her home studio. Amy mentors, teaches workshops, and gives demonstrations. She loves sharing her craft and teaching others about clay.