Crista Ann Ames

Awarded 2020

I am a sculptor working primarily in ceramics, wood, and textiles. Through the layering of mythology, iconography and personal narrative, I explore how our own animal nature relates to the ways we establish and sustain personal relationships. Raised on a small hobby farm in Washington State, I often draw on my own experiences to explore pastoral life, animal husbandry, women’s craft and fertility.

I attended Washington State University where I obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics with a minor in Art History and Disability Studies. After receiving her BFA, I attended Utah State University for Post Baccalaureate studies in Ceramics. While receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana I began studying dance and movement to help inform the way I sculpts the figure. I have been an artist in residence at A.I.R. Valluaris in France, Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Center in Denmark, the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Santa Fe Art Institute, and Red Lodge Clay Center. After a decade of bouncing around community studios and residencies I have returned to Washington to build my own home studio and to put down some roots closer to my family. I am currently an artist in residence, arts instructor, studio manager at Gallery One Visual Arts Center.

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