Amanda Willis

Amanda has always wanted to be an artist. Like many artists she began drawing and painting at a young age. In high school art class she was introduced to ceramics. In her senior year she signed up for classes at the College of Southern Maryland, splitting her day between high school and college. In 2003 she moved to D.C. and began attending the Corcoran College of Art + Design. After many hours spent in the studio, group critiques, and invaluable art theory classes, she obtained her BFA in 2005.

In 2007, Amanda moved to Baltimore and it was here that she gained first-hand knowledge of the work ethic required of a successful artist. She worked full-time for a pair of ceramic artists, helping them with all aspects of running their studio, including making and glazing work. After working for these artists for over two years, Amanda decided to move back to Calvert County to start her own ceramic studio. And thus Beach Baby Pottery was born in the fall of 2012. A love of all things natural and her time spent on Long Beach, MD helped her create the name of her studio.

Beach Baby Pottery is housed in an old tobacco barn on Amanda’s parent’s property which is close to Battle Creek. It is here that she creates her work, drawing inspiration from various sources including the natural environment, music, ancient and modern pottery, Renaissance painting, and even fashion. She sees beauty in many different forms and allows seemingly disparate ideas to influence her pieces. Her work ranges from functional to conceptual.

Amanda also has a great interest in music; she plays piano, guitar, and drums, among other instruments. She loves to sing and music is inseparable from her daily life. She is also an amateur horticulturalist, and enjoys maintaining a growing collection of plants, many of which live in custom planters of her own design and creation.

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