“I’ve always been obsessed with design and am constantly looking at objects and imagining them cast in porcelain,” says Amy Hamley, the founder of Redraven studios.
With 15 years of experience as a ceramic artist, Amy is trained formally as a potter and a painter. Overtime, her work has evolved from functional pottery, to small slab-worked jewelry, to items slip cast from handmade molds. Each progression of her work is attributed to a particular time and place. “After college, I was teaching wheel-throwing classes at a community ceramics studio, but it left me with little time to focus on my own work,” she says.
“I began to take clay home with me and make small jewelry pieces in my kitchen after hours. As my business grew, the desire to make more than jewelry did as well.”
Amy launched Redraven studios in 2008. After meeting her husband Ryan in 2010, her work took a sentimental turn. She and Ryan are both western Pennsylvania natives, where rural landscapes and farmland are plentiful.
“For me,” says Amy, “finding love discovering objects around his family farm turned out to be the perfect catalyst for capturing fleeting moments in porcelain.”