My creativity opens a space that connects me with other realms of consciousness. My hope is to capture a taste of the exquisite beauty and enchantment I experience there.
Ame Wauters is an artist of many mediums. Textures, organic shapes, and layered colors mixed with shimmering golds and silvers has always fascinated and thrilled her. These various elements, says Ame, “stirs in me a kind of mystery and magic that compels me to create...to converse with the unseen.”
She began with learning calligraphy, the art of beautiful writing and illumination of books. Learning old world typography led her to Computers. She completed her studies at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and CCAC in Oakland, earning a degree in Graphic Design. She was then hired onto the web team at Adobe Systems, where she worked on their web team for several years. Her desire to help others, namely children, access their own innate ability to craft their dreams called her to produce a line of plush toys called, WishKeepers. The 8-character line of toys was created to allow kids of all ages to capture their dreams, helping them nurture those dreams into fruition. The toys were sold here and the UK, and are now used in charitable children’s bereavement programs to assist in the grief process.
In her continued exploration of self-expression, Ame then discovered clay sculpture when she co-taught a porcelain doll making class to young girls. Over the course of the year long class, she was fascinated by the process of bringing hands to clay and watching what emerged. The flexibility, fluidity, and responsiveness of clay captivated her. Each doll had a life of it’s own and gave these girls a voice they did not have before they started. She watched the clay become a powerful instrument of communication, allowing each girl safe and easy access to what was inside their heart and mind.
After her experience with crafting her own doll, she found a deep respect for the magic that happens when hands commune with clay. She now primarily works with porcelain, although continues to experiment with other varieties of clay, as well. Ame enjoys making pieces that are functional in our daily lives such as, plates and bowls, yet also loves venturing into the world of whimsical sculpture. Her work is primarily shown and sold in Sonoma and Marin Counties.