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June 2014 - Ami Ayars Other products by Bracker's Good Earth Clays, Inc.

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About Ami: I received my Bachelors of Fine Art in Ceramics from the University of Kansas in 2011. I also hold minors in French and Art History. I grew up in the suburbs of Kansas City and am now based in the city. Here, I work at EPIC Clay Studio as their Studio Manager, Technician, and Artist in Residence. I have shown work at local venues as well as nationally, such as the Missoula Art Museum in Missoula, Montana. My latest work focuses on large and small-scale organic forms that relate non-directly to the human figure and the other organisms in the natural world. I use clay as my main medium and then photograph these pieces in natural settings with a fantastical edge to create fresh, alternate realities where these creatures may exist. In all my spare time I like to ride my bike, drink delicious craft beer, and curate a gallery space.

On Ami's Second Saturday: I have decided that I would like to demonstrate my hand-building process of coil buiding my large-scale organic forms. I also plan to touch on the quick process of making of my small scale sculptures and talk about the photographic side of my work with those pieces. I am also going to have a screen or monitor to have a running slideshow of images since my work is largely about photography too.

Ami's Artist Statement: I am fascinated with the exploration of the planet and what it is still hiding from us. As a child I wanted to be a paleontologist and dig up the dirt and rocks to uncover what lay hidden beneath my feet. As an adult I am still mystified by the unknown crevices of our shared planet. Earth is a vast and varied place full of wonder. My work aims to capture that sense of exploration and discovery. I make ‘creatures’ and compose their environments. I want to share these little worlds with my viewers in a way that makes them inquisitive and provokes them to create fresh, alternate realities for which these objects can exist within.

People are continuously trying to figure themselves out; who they are, what they are, where they belong, etc. They are attempting to fill what they perceive to be their specific place and roll on this earth. Creating these objects as creatures and fabricating their supposed habitats is my own way of coping with the overwhelming sense of how small we humans actually are compared to the grand scale of the Earth. We will never know the full extent of the planet and it’s inhabitants. That idea is where my inspiration lies.

Clay is a material that I've always been attracted to. It is of the earth. In this regard, it is the perfect material to use in my work. The finished clay pieces reflect the earth’s voice and create their own working dialog within these fabricated environments. My other medium of choice is photography. I am drawn towards photography’s innate the ability to record exactly what it sees in front of it’s lens. Yet, it is the camera’s fabled ability to perceive the unknown that really captures the sense of wonder in my documentation style of work.

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