AMY JOY HOSTERMAN
Amy Joy Hosterman is a ceramic sculptor from Minnesota, now living and working in Colorado. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, and received her BFA in ceramics from the University of Minnesota. Fascinated by natural cycles and technical processes, she is a ceramics materials expert and experimental kiln-builder. She has been teaching ceramics workshops for ten years in the Twin Cities area, and has received grants for her work in both Minnesota and Michigan, including Irrigate Arts, Awesome Without Borders, Pollination Project, and Michigan Department of Economic Development. Amy Joy Hosterman is the Creative Director for Art Shape Mammoth, and is a Co-Founder and Director of the Visitor Center Artist Camp in Ewen, MI, where she has developed comprehensive clay programming for a near-wilderness artist residency and sustainable practices symposium, creating sculpture from the local clay deposits through hand-processing, testing, formulating, and firing the clay on site using locally available tools and materials.
I’m fascinated by geological process, the formation and transformation of materials, and the direct relationship these processes have to the technical processes we use in ceramic work. I use ceramic sculpture to illustrate our relationships with the environment as we attempt to control it, and examine ironies by creating miniature representations of near-reality. Currently, the act of hand-processing clay has me focusing on objects and philosophies of labor, collection, and containment. I dig, haul, fill, and stir buckets of clay. I stack, fill, and fire in barrels and trash cans. I observe the cycles of manipulation, transformation, and the utilization of resources.