Annie Hanks Ceramics
Annie Hanks Ceramic Studio is run by Katherine Hanks McAlister and Stephanie Anne Martin and is based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Their collaborative ceramic work is inspired by the women’s deep connection to one another, their feminine selves, and the landscape surrounding them. In 2014, Annie Hanks Ceramics, a title that incorporates both of their names, was established when they found a studio space with a bright and open floor plan that includes a western-facing wall of windows that gently filters natural sunlight. They often reference the light that flows through their studio as an inspiring energy that permeates the space and encourages creativity. The work produced by Annie Hanks purely reflects the essence of the women’s friendship and their respective aesthetics- an aesthetic that, more often than not, blends effortlessly into one. Katherine explains that their work is “a marriage of [their] forms and is a beautiful reflection of [their] friendship.” The women work collaboratively- each piece is created by both women’s hands- one may throw a piece that the other glazes, or one may perfect a form that the other originally created. It is not uncommon to find one of the women centering a lump of clay on the wheel that the other shapes and forms into a vessel. The women take pride in their fine attention to line and form and have a keen awareness of the relationship and connection between the earth and themselves. They find constant metaphors within their work, particularly the connection between clay: a piece of the earth, and the humanness of themselves. Their work then, often reflects natural references- whether it be the horizon lines in their glazes, or the feminine form of their pieces.
Katherine Hanks McAlister
Stephanie Anne Martin
Stephanie's initial experience in clay held strictly therapeutic value. She found an instant connection to the ceramic medium as it allowed an expression from within and a manifestation of internal growth into tangible form. Her growth in clay was quickly reflected in herself. As her need for art therapy diminished, she grew deeply passionate for an artistic expression that in many ways shaped her life. When asked to describe the relationship she has with her work, Stephanie states, “I feel a profound connection between the evolution of clay and myself. To me, it serves as a beautiful allegory of life and each person’s individual journey through it. At the completion of both a ceramic vessel and the development of an individual, the audience is left with a lasting impression.”
November, 2016. Cardui Collective. Nooga.com
September, 2016. Drink to Your Health at Wildflower Tea Shop & Apothecary, Times Free Press.
September, 2016. smART: Auction and Benefit. Southern Lit. Alliance.
September, 2016. AVA Gallery Hop, Chattanooga.
August, 2016. Sweet Peach Blog, Pamela Burger
Spring/Summer, 2016. Katherine & Rob. Weddings Unveiled.
June, 2016. Chattanooga, Hip Green Scene.
July, 2015. VSCO Chattanooga City Guide, Joe Dodd
May 2015. Grand Opening Show, River's Edge Gallery, Kerrville, TX
April, 2015. Joe Dodd, Photographer