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Amanda Gardner

Amanda's interests are as numerous as algae in the sea, but she always returned to ceramics. There is something about the tactile and intimate nature of working with clay that set it out from other art forms. And yet, the addition of drawing or painting enhances the ceramic piece all the more.

The love affair began in high school, or possibly earlier, and in 2011 Amanda resumed pottery classes as she was finishing her bachelor's degree. Her last studio was the UCSD Crafts Center until its abrupt closure in 2013. The following year she started planning her own studio, and Ceramic Heights was born.

In addition to playing with clay, Amanda thoroughly enjoys teaching. Mathematics are challenging, and also pose the greatest reward for teachers. Amanda has been a teacher's assistant at UCSD for calculus, a private tutor for grade school, and has taught many people to knit and crochet.