Amy Oliver

Ceramics, Pottery
Monkeytown Pottery
20603 Airmont Road Bluemont, VA 20135
Snickers Gap, Stop #30

Sun god mask - sculpted stoneware - 14
Sun god mask - sculpted stoneware - 14" by 14"

Artist Statement

My first experiences with art go back to when I was a small child and my mother was studying art. While she would work in her sketch book, I would work in mine. My love of art intensified in high school. It was just so much fun and as my skills developed. I found that the moment of creating art felt almost like magic.

I continued my art studies at James Madison and discovered Ceramics. I immediately loved everything about the medium. I kept drawing too and my other favorite medium was pastels. Both ceramics and pastels produce art quickly and that magical feeling of creation was always there. At this time, I was lucky to get an apprenticeship with potter Scott Supraner of Hawksbill Pottery and continued to apprentice with him after I graduated from James Madison. Drawing was left behind and ceramics was front and center in my life for the next ten years.

In 2001, I bought family property (a general store that was my Grandmother's and my Great Grandfather's before him) in a little village officially called Bloomfield but unofficially known as Monkeytown. Monkeytown Pottery was born and I have been making functional and sculptural ceramic forms there ever since. During that time, my love of drawing returned to me. The merging of the two art forms became my new passion and defined my style. Drawing and carving on pots gives them a distinct, exciting and recognizable look.

Recently, Monkeytown Pottery has added a gas fired reduction kiln to its back yard. Now I offer a cone 10 line of functional ware as well as oxidized ware.

"It takes a forrest..." - wheel thrown and carved stoneware - 14" by 12"
Vessel Sink - wheel thrown stoneware - 16
Vessel Sink - wheel thrown stoneware - 16" by 16"
Facepot - wheel thrown and sculpted stoneware - 12
Facepot - wheel thrown and sculpted stoneware - 12" by 12"
Bird moonshine jugs
Bird moonshine jugs
Vases
Vases
Bird vase
Bird vase
Bird vase with handles
Bird vase with handles
Large bird bowl filled with small vases
Large bird bowl filled with small vases
Mugs
Mugs
Interior shelf in studio
Interior shelf in studio
Outside studio
Outside studio

Offering on tour: Sculpture, masks and functional wares (mugs, dinnerware, vases, etc). Demonstrations. Refreshments.

Snickers Gap Stop #30

Directions to Monkeytown Pottery:

From Route 7 (Harry Byrd Hwy) take Round Hill/Purcellville exit towards Round Hill. After gas station, take left on New Cut Road, which becomes Airmont Road. Straight at 4 way stop. Pass church and cemetery. Monkeytown Pottery is on the right next to a stone house. Look for the Coca Cola sign that says Freemans Store and park in store parking lot.