Spotlight on Creativity: Amy Misle
This week’s featured artist is Amy Misle, a creator of beautiful porcelain pieces. She has been one of my favorites for quite some time and I am so happy to be sharing her story and designs this week.
1. Your name and/or Store Name: My name is Amy Misle.
2. A little about yourself (besides crafting): I’m a hands on tactile person. When I walk through a store I always touch everything! I love animals, flowers, and all things in nature. I have a passion for well crafted items. I’m fascinated by the dynamics of order and chaos, and creation and destruction. I love to observe the way the light changes though the day and through the seasons. I am happiest when my hands are busy and my mind is free to wander.
3. Describe the items you would find in your store: In my store you’ll find elegant and unique porcelain items. I love the durability of porcelain because it allows me to create delicate items that are strong enough to take a beating! My platters and plates are completely functional for food and microwave use, and they are also durable enough to go in the dishwasher.
4. How long have you been doing your craft/how did you get started? I have been creating since as early as I can remember! My early creations were full of experimentation and interesting material choices. I feel that art school really refined and polished my craft, allowing me to achieve the level of quality I aspired for.
5. Is this your full time job? What were you doing before this? This is my full time job! Previously I had been attending school full time to earn my BFA in Sculpture. I was also working part time at a natural grocery store, which gave me the desire to create in a way to avoid any material waste.
6. What is the toughest obstacle you have run into? The toughest obstacle for me was realizing I do not enjoy recycling clay, but I also did not want to waste any clay at the same time. I overcame this obstacle by creating a ‘life cycle’ for the clay in my studio. This challenged me to use the porcelain at every consistency until nothing remained, and resulted in an assortment of goodies being created!
7. What inspires you? Nature, science, evolution, math, rock formations, fractals, animals, human interactions, instinctual tendencies, the universe and everyday life moments inspire me. I am intrigued by radial symmetry, like the patterns found in flowers. I love the way the textures in flowers radiate, and I see beauty in the patterns symbolic to the patterns I see in life.
8. What is your favorite item in your shop and why? My favorite item in my shop is my glob blob flower window. I love the way the light illuminates the porcelain glob blobs, and the fractal beauty created by the flowers. I also like how each glob blob looks like it could be a galaxy in an abstract way.
9. What is the best piece of advice you have for other artists? Always have busy hands and make, make, make! I’ve found that busy hands allow my mind to wander in a more engaged way that generates more ideas than just sitting still.
10. Where would you like to be in 5 years? In 5 years I would like to be deeper in my craft, and creating more than just porcelain items. I love to sculpt, and would like to expand my studio to include a wood shop! I feel that I have so many ideas I would like to be creating, but haven’t had the time to really do the physical work yet.