Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Artist Interview: Stephanie Amos

Name:  Stephanie Amos
Name of Business:  MuddyPotts
Creative Influences: nature, walks, art
Preferred Medium of Creativity: clay (at the moment)

Drawing was my first love, and then I discovered many doors that lead to endless creations of the imagination. It's the process that I am drawn to, whether it’s starting with a blank canvas, a ball of clay or a sheet of wax. Each medium I work in has its own unique process, and it's those differences that make it difficult for me to choose just one to work with. I have been painting abstracts since the early 90's. It wasn't until I went back to school that I started to explore other avenues. In 1999, I studied at NYU in Florence, Italy. It was there that sculpture and photography became my main interests and I developed a greater admiration for art history.

 What is one of your earliest creative memories?

 Besides drawing circles and calling it my grocery list? I remember sculpting a horse and cowboy out of play dough in preschool.

How did you find your creative voice?

Both of my parents are creative in their own ways, so I suppose tapping into creativity happened at an early age for me. I remember drawing when I was really young and it continued until I was in high school. Years later, I decided creating art was what I wanted to do with my life.

Did your creative habits make a smooth transition into your adult life?  What did the evolution look like?

Well, not at first. When I was nineteen, I ran off to Alaska to work in the commercial fishing industry. I was gone for quite some time and going through a period of finding myself. A big turning point was when I decided to return to school and major in art. It was then that creating became a burning desire and I’ve had the passion ever since. 

 If you had a creative hiatus, what event/circumstance brought you back to your creative lifestyle?
            I would have to say it was just after I met my husband. My life was changing from what I had known to a new beginning. Like the beginning of  a new chapter, only this was the beginning of my new life. It had been almost two years since I had created anything. It was a very sad time. But then when I picked up my brushes again, my work had evolved into the new life that I had. It was amazing!  And I am so grateful to GOD for bringing us together and for my husband for all his love and support.
 How has GOD been a part of your creative process/lifestyle?

            I remember as a child that I would stare up at the colorful sky thinking about GOD and what an amazing artist HE is. I think from that moment on, I have always felt his presence while working in my creative endeavors. 

Is there a particular moment where your creativity became infused into a spiritual practice?
            I think that when you are in the zone, it has become its own spiritual practice. At least for me.

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Eclectic Suzi said...

Great interview and beautiful pottery!!!

Cindy said...

I love Stephanie's work, I just haven't been around her place much lately...thanks for the push in that direction! I love your Friday artist interviews, too, Robin...blessings!

Jennifer said...

Thanks for sharing Stephanie's work, Robin! Lovely pottery. I am off to her etsy shop . .

Kelly said...

Great interview! I enjoyed reading it and seeing the lovely pics :)
Thanks, ladies!!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Love these interviews! Stephanie's work is amazing. I love how she says her preferred medium is clay... at the moment. There are so many great mediums out there. I totally get exploring them all! :)