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 glimpse there. ~ Ame Wauters
Ame is an artist of many mediums. Textures, organic shapes, and layered colors mixed with shimmering golds and silvers has always mesmerized her. These various elements, says Ame, “stirs in me, a kind mystery, like a very old memory or dream…compeling me to create pieces that touch a sort of soulful magic that lives inside all of us .”
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 are sold here and the UK, and are also used in charitable children’s bereavement programs to assist in the grief and healing process.
In her continued exploration of creative self-expression, Ame 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 her 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.
In all of her mediums Ame strives to offer a bit of inspiration and mystical wonder to her audience. She now works on a freelance basis and sells her artwork throughout Northern California. She lives with her husband in Novato, CA.