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November 08, 2015


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What do Animals and Coffee have in Common? Artist Amanda Proctor Will Show You

Amanda Proctor

Georgia girl, Amanda Proctor, would like you to rise and shine with one of her animal inspired coffee mugs. Ok, you can use them for drinking tea or juice too. I'm guessing they even make water taste better! But, these aren't just ordinary mugs.They start out as clay and are hand thrown on a pottery wheel, then painstakingly carved by hand to create beautiful works of art. Read on to find out more about Amanda's functional art.

Animal Mugs by Amanda Proctor

How do animals inspire your artwork?

Even before they were trendy animals, I began carving owls into my pottery. I loved getting lost in the details of the feathers. Since then, I have found many other animals that inspire my pottery carvings! I constantly search for new creatures to make into mugs. I satisfy pet lovers by carving popular dog breeds into a personal coffee mug! 

Work in Progress by Amanda Proctor

What medium do you work in?

I work with clay primarily. My hands and clothes are rarely clean of clay dust. While studying fine arts in college, I dabbled in many other mediums like oil painting, drawing and wood sculpture.
I also use baking to relieve some creative energy! I work as a baker at a local coffee shop where I experiment with recipes and learn new skills every day! I find the similarities between baking and pottery to be interesting and challenging. (I have to remember which squishy substance I can eat.)

Amanda Proctor at work

How long have you been creating art?

I fell in love with clay and pottery during high school, but even before that I was constantly getting my hands dirty with creative things. Any object I found became an art supply; Such as using chalk for paint or building structures with toilet paper rolls. I graduated with an art degree in 2013 from the University of Georgia and have been working and teaching at a pottery studio since then.

Owl Mugs by Amanda Procotr

Do you own or have you owned any pets and if so, tell us about them?

I have always been fascinated with animals but have never had any pets of my own! My parents weren’t fond of animals in the house when I was growing up. I made friends with the stray cats that would have their kittens under our porch, even though I never got to keep them. I spent a lot of time outside looking at nature and watching the birds. My sculptural work is inspired by the textures of nature.

What is your favorite piece of artwork you’ve created and why?

I absolutely love the large owl vase I made while in college. It is quite large and I spent many hours carving the owl and each little detail in the feathers. My mother loved it as well and claimed it as her own as soon as she saw the finished product!

Owl Vase by Amanda Proctor

Anything else you would like us to know about your artwork or yourself?

I visit the local library often when in search for new design ideas. My favorites are the large books with full pages pictures of different animals!

Need a friendly morning mug to brighten your day? Amanda can help you out with that. Here's how to find her:
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