Kentucky Crafted Artist Page

Amy Elswick


Clay House Pots
741 E Chestnut St.
Louisville, KY 40202

My interest in clay began in 1987 as a student at Berea College in Kentucky. My job as an apprentice in the ceramics studio was an epiphany. After a long search I had found clay and it fit my hands like a glove.

After graduation and some traveling about I was drawn back home to Kentucky with a desire to work in clay full time. I both took and taught classes and worked as a studio artist at a sculpture studio. During this time, I worked intensively with handbuilding techniques to create unique figurative and decorative pieces. Moving toward my dream of being my own boss, I established my business, Clay House Pots, in 1998.

My current focus is on functional and decorative items for the home and, from time to time, some one of a kind raku pieces. My work is both wheel thrown and handbuilt, often utilizing several different techniques in the same piece. I am intrigued by textures and use many tools to achieve a unique finish. My inspiration comes from manipulating the clay. I find a great deal of satisfaction in being able to carve or scratch into leather hard clay, completely changing the energy of a pot. 

My glaze palette is always evolving; there are many days of testing new mixtures in the studio.  All glazes used on food service pieces are safe for your culinary creations and also fine for the microwave and dishwasher, although hand washing is best.