AMY JOY HOSTERMAN
I use ceramic sculpture to illustrate the absurdities in our relationships as we attempt to control our environments. I examine ironies by creating miniature, allegorical representations of near-reality. I often include animals interacting with satirical commercial products to demonstrate my view of contemporary consumer culture. My work has an auto-biographical layer, and I am often studying my experiences with the ceramic process itself. My recent work with hand-processing native clay has me focusing on objects and philosophies of labor, collection, and containment, as I dig and haul and fill and stir and dump and store buckets of clay, stack and fill and fire in barrels and trash cans, and observe the cycles of manipulation, transformation, and the utilization of resources.
About 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 Program Director for ArtShape 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.