Amy Gogarty received her MFA in Painting from the University of Calgary and taught visual arts history, ceramics history and contemporary theory at ACAD prior to relocating to Vancouver in 2006 to devote time to her studio and writing practice. She contributed over 100 critical essays relating to visual art and craft to catalogues, journals and symposia in Canada and abroad, and she co-edited two anthologies relating to craft and ceramics published by Ronsdale Press in Vancouver. Since 2008, she has served on the Board of the North-West Ceramics Foundation. More can be found on her website at https://amygogarty.weebly.com.
I am a painter who makes pots, who searched for ways to bring together my two passions. Pots are essentially containers of space, and it is the space of the pot that interests me. I attempt to bridge the visible world and the secret world of the pot’s interior. I often paint from my porch or garden, or I take pots on my bicycle to nearby city parks to paint plein air, responding to the intimate interface of urban life and nature. The plein air tradition ensures a sort of mindfulness, which I try to convey with my work.