Meet Troy Amastar
Troy Amastar graduated from Berea College, Ky with a BA in Art in 1981. As a student she worked in the Pottery Dept for 2 years producing work to be sold through the Berea Student Craft Industries. For a year and half she produced Joe Osolnik's pottery while working for him after graduation, then she left to start her own business in 1983. That same year she moved to Black Mountain, NC near Asheville.
Troy's most influential teacher while a college student was Silvia Granatelli. Troy has worked with porcelain all her career, expanding on her love of the Japanese aesthetic to create her own unique work. In 1989, Troy took a 3 week course at the Penland School of Crafts, NC with Will Ruggles and Douglas Rankin. Eventually she will build a wood fire kiln, and her work will take a turn toward what she has always wanted to do then. In 1990, Troy purchased property in Alexander, 20 minutes from Asheville and starting in 2000 built a beautiful timber, straw and earthen studio. In 2003, she became a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.
Troy lives with her teenage daughter, Amber, dog Stella Luna, 2 cats, Selu and Solo, as well as the various critters of the wild. She loves to explore and admire nature, which is reflected in her art. She also loves for people to come visit her studio and share about how her studio was built and her pottery is made. The entry way is a gallery displaying her pottery as well as items from other local artisans. Come by and check it out!