Two Hands Full is the work of Amelia Davis, native to the old rolling hills of Northern Vermont who now resides along the south Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.
I began working with clay in 2008 and quickly became entranced by the beauty of the time consuming process that is throwing pots on a wheel. From the beginning, it was the process more than finished pot that I felt most connected to. I loved how centering each lump of clay acted as a mirror into what was happening in my inner climate- a sort of therapy. I saw how when my body and mind relaxed, as did the ease of forming a vessel…and in contrast if I was tense and not present, it led to fighting the clay. Today, my work arises from slowing down, sinking into the heart and breath, and engaging with the tools, materials, and creative process in front of me. I love how functional art pieces serve a purpose beyond their aesthetic- for both the maker and the consumer. It is one of the things that keeps me inspired and grounded in the studio.
While finishing my degree in Environmental Studies at Naropa University, Two Hands Full was born in 2015 with no knowledge of where it would lead to. When I first started selling my work/giving it to friends, I was amazed at how radically these pots were changing some folks relationship to food and eating habits. Taking their time to enjoy a meal rather than rushing to eat, having a morning ritual with their coffee mug rather than rushing out the door and getting coffee in a disposable cup, cooking nourishing food rather than going out- simply holding more awareness around WHAT they were feeding themselves. The relationship between food and pottery is so historic and beautiful and I believe that filling cabinets with well-loved wares inspires us to fill those vessels with well-loved nourishment.
I began to see the niche that pottery can have in the Environmental Movement and Slow Food revolution- both very dear to my heart. In order to move from a linear economy to one rooted in triple-bottom-line businesses devoted to something bigger and more meaningful…there must be alternatives. The role of the craftsman is paramount to a shift in consumerism as well as the health of our local communities and economies. As Two Hands Full grows, and I refine and evolve my mission as a potter, I look to add to and support these movements as much as I can.
My designs are strongly rooted in the hues, textures, and feels of landscapes that attract my curiosity.
photography credit : Jaquilyn Shumate