Amy Gelberhas called North Carolina home since 1978. She is proud to live and work in Orange County, NC continuing the rich heritage of artists and craftspeople. Amy makes hand-thrown and altered cone 10 reduction-fired stoneware pottery.
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 – earning 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 Magna Cum Laude from HCC in 2002, Amy sought and secured an internship with her mentor, NC potter Sarah Wells Rolland.
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 many amazing Japanese and International ceramic artists. While at Shigaraki, she spent her time firing a wide range of kilns, visiting galleries, attending workshops, exploring museums across Japan, and making a body of work called “Ceramic Peace”. As she discovered new art and shared space with various artists, she was influenced to create more sculptural work.
In May of 2008, Amy returned to Orange County, NC and reopened Amy Gelber Pottery. It is in this wonderfully creative studio that she works and plays. She sells her work directly to clients, wholesale buyers, and collectors from her home studio. Her work currently depicts both her love of the functional object and her desire to make sculptural, figurative work.