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Ceramics Gallery from Artist Amelia Johannsen

Contemporary Vases & Vessels

One of the aspects I like most about working with clay is the continuous experimentation. Clay is versatile and complex: in color, texture, elasticity and durability. I work with many different types of clay on the wheel and modeling. I enjoy creating natural curves, organic forms and different textures to make my work a unique sensory experience.

abstract ceramic vase

Sculpture & Wall Art

I make my first free-standing ceramic sculpture in 2017 and I hope to create many more in the years to come. My fine art ceramics are largely inspired by nature-specifically water and waves.

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Nature Inspired Decorative Plates

Decorative plates are some of my favorite pieces to make because they’re all about intuition and improvisation. Nature plays an important role in my artwork. In this series of ceramic plates, you will see patterns inspired by water and waves, sticks, stones, and wandering trails.

ceramics gallery painted plate

Earthen Roots

The Earthen Roots Collection is comprised of handmade plates made with red earthenware clay. I decorate them using black slip and the sgraffito technique.

earthen roots tree of life

The Ceramic Goddess

Female form ceramic art honors the beauty and power of the feminine. All my goddess are are one-of-a-kind original artworks. Thrown on the wheel and then sculpted with different colors of stoneware clay.

ceramic goddess sculptures

Rustic Kitchen

My stoneware tableware and serving dishes are intended to be used and enjoyed as a part of one’s daily rituals—to compliment and enhance every meal. I work with organic shapes, natural textures and earthy tones. I’m constantly evolving as an artist and a potter, so all of my work is either one-of-a-kind or made in very limited editions.

ceramics gallery rustic plates

Artistic Olives

I’m an olive lover. They’re my favorite salty snack and I often put out 3-4 different kinds at my dinner parties. So the olive dish with the separate area for the pits are a must in my house. I create unique ceramic olive dishes on the wheel and then carefully attach a second, smaller bowl for the pits.

Ceramics gallery Olive Dish

Raku & Pit Fire

I love taking my work outdoors and experimenting with ancient pottery techniques. The Raku firing process has its roots in ancient Japanese pottery. Raku glazes are often crackle white or shiny rainbow colors and the surface of the pots are black and porous from the reduction process. Pit firing is the oldest known method of firing ceramics. Pots are nestled together in a pit dug into the ground and the combustible materials such as wood and leaves are layered on top. Colors are produces by using metal oxides and salt along with the combustible materials.

raku ceramic firing

Mosaics

The broken bits from my studio become mosaic art. These works are the fruit of my efforts to create as little waste as possible and explore the possibilities with clay.

mosaic wave art

Jewelry

My first job in Portland, OR was selling beads and making artisan jewelry. I love to combine my love of clay with my love for unique, wearable art.

handmade ceramic bracelete

My Studio Space

Thank you for visiting my Ceramics Gallery—it’s a sneak peak into my workspace and a collection of images of my work (functional, decorative and sculptural). If you’d like to see pieces for sale, please visit my online shop.

I worked for many years in community ceramics studios in the Poblenou district of Barcelona. Currently, I work in my home studio in the Raval. I share stories, learning, and works in progress on Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest. You can also learn more about my work on the about page, read more on the blog.

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