Amanda Calhoun has been an artist all of her life. Originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, she worked for a handmade tile company, Aloe Tile Works, Inc., for fourteen years. It was at Aloe that she found her medium in clay. During this time, Amanda attended Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus in screen printing and ceramics. In 2013, Amanda relocated to the far west Texas town of Alpine with her potter husband, Gregory Tegarden. Together they create in clay and can usually be found in the ceramics studio at Sul Ross State University or their home studio.
My work is greatly influenced by the past. I spent my childhood immersed in classic films and television shows. Little did I know at the time that the moving pictures would define my creative outlet in the future. I prefer to use imagery that is instantly recognizable to all such as desserts and travel scenery. I embrace kitsch. My work is meant to be a quick getaway, like watching a film, where one can step into a sunny world away from the reality of today. I strive for a smile from a viewer. I work in clay. Having worked for a handmade tile studio for fourteen years, I developed a love and a skill set for making tile. I am a process driven artist that enjoys the tactile sensation of carving, painting, and drawing on clay. My work is full of color and fired to ∆06 (low fire) in an electric kiln.