Ama Menec makes ceramic, cold cast metal and foundry bronze sculptures of Goddesses, female icons and British wildlife. Her sculptures range in size from 3” to life-sized, and are suitable for indoor and outdoor spaces. The Goddess sculptures are mostly based on Bronze Age and Neolithic figures, with a few classical Greek and medieval British ones too. The wildlife sculptures are primarily of endangered British wildlife, or wildlife that have made a comeback. The birds of prey sculptures Ama are currently casting in Bronze are life-sized female birds. Ama explains: “I’d say my work is strongly female centred with my roots in feminism and matriarchal studies. My Hypnia sculpture is an androgynous version of Hypnos, the Greek God of sleep.”
Ama has been a ceramicist for 30 years, moved into bronze and iron resin last year, and finally started working with foundry bronze this year. She worked for 2 potters in my teens and twenties, and also teaches pottery and sculpting. She exhibits widely in the UK including Grand Designs Live, RHS Hampton Court, Henley Festival and several Contemporary Art Fairs.
Ama’s studio is open to the public 6 days a week, and she shares her space with her partner Lea Phillips who is a potter. They work in the beautiful South Hams, on the edge of an AONB and close to the river Dart. This area is very popular with tourists who are interested in the arts and in unspoiled beautiful countryside and seascapes. Ama’s studio is located at Unit 2 Coombe Park, Ashprington, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 7DY and they are open 6 days a week Monday to Saturday 11am to 6pm, visitors welcome! An up to date list of Ama’s forthcoming events can be found on the home page of her website www.amamenec-sculpture.co.uk. In August she will be exhibiting at the Dartmouth Regatta, and in October will be showing her sculptures at the Landmark Art Fair in Teddington, near London. .
Favorite Bar/Club: “Totnes is generally gay friendly, but our favourite bar is Rumour, which is gay owned, and the food is wonderful!”
Favorite Thing to Do: “The South Hams has some of the best beaches in Devon, (including a nudist beach), and getting to the beach, particularly Bantham is our favourite thing to do. Near our studio is the Maltsters Arms, a pub on the river Dart, with fantastic views, lots of wildlife spotting opportunities, good ales, posh soft drinks and good food. We’re happy to say it’s our local!”
Insider’s Tip: “Totnes is full of ‘alternative’ types, aging hippies, and artists. It’s one of the least prejudiced places I’ve ever lived.”