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Crista Ann Ames

Biography to Display: 


2008 BFA Ceramics, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

2008-2010 Post-Baccalaureate Studies, Ceramics, Utah State University, Logan, Utah

2015 MFA University of Montana, Missoula, Montana


2010 A.I.R. Vallauris, Vallauris, France

2011 Project Network Participating Artist, Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Center, Skaelskor, Denmark

2015 Summer Resident, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana

2015-2017 Long Term Resident, Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, Montana


2008—Ceramic Artist


Crista Ann Ames is known for creating figurative sculpture. Works appear as the human figure, the animal figure, or occasionally the hybrid figure. Ames' sculptures are created using stoneware and feature a muted matte glaze palette. Ames work is frequently multimedia incorporating other materials such as wood, textiles, and metal.

Ames' work explores the animal instinct and how it is used by humanity's in establishing and maintaining personal relationships. Ames draws on mythology, iconography and personal narrative. Pastoral life, animal husbandry, women's craft and fertility are common themes in her work.


Public Collections to Display: 

A.I.R. Vallauris Vallauris, France

Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

Denmark’s Ceramic Museum Grimmerhus, Middelfart, Denmark

Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Center Skaelskor, Denmark

Montana Museum of Art & Culture, Missoula, Montana


Bibliography to Display: 

Lincoln, Marga. “Sculptor Crista Ann Ames Steps Into Her Own Stories.” Missoula Independent Record, November 6, 2015.

Walsh, Corey. “Ceramics State.” The Missoulan, May 13, 2016.




Typical Marks

"Crista Ann Ames" possibly with a heart, edged into wet clay at the base of the foot.

Hand 2
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Lauren Smith Collection
Photo: TMP
The Lauren Smith Collection
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Jeffrey Kuratnick. "The Marks Project." Last modified July 1, 2023.