Talking Tricksters Studio is a collaboration between Amy Patricia Komar Hare and Sheila Carol Roock, both ceramic artists for more years than we want you to know.
Sheila works on the wheel and spins great functional pottery, especially her voluptuous teapots. Sheila has studied under Sandy Pierantozzi and Neil Patterson, attended Philadelphia University City Arts League and was their Pottery Studio Manager.
Amy’s been making art her whole life in one way or another. Starting on the stage with dance, directing and acting, storytelling has remained central to her work. She studied at The Art Student’s League in NYC, did graduate work at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and received her MFA from CVPA, Syracuse University.
Amy handbuilds and specializes in whimsical surface design. Her designs are often inspired by trickster or other stories drawn from many cultures or personal narratives incorporating original writings sometimes based on interviews. She often does custom work for special occasions.
Several images have evolved over the years, notably, one is a specific version of the trickster character. Some see him as a rabbit; some as a coyote. He absolutely carries a ‘tude. Found in almost every culture, the trickster is one who crosses boundaries, breaks the rules, is playful, clever, and almost always a trouble-maker. The trickster can be both the messenger of the ‘gods’ as well as the ‘wise fool.’ He is entertaining while sacred. We recognize ourselves in the trickster and mostly, we learn from the trickster tales…no matter how many times we hear them. We’ve met him as the Raven, Coyote, Bart Simpson, Anansi, the Road Runner, and the Monkey King.
“Storytelling, you know, has a real function. The process of the storytelling is itself a healing process, partly because you have someone there who is taking the time to tell you a story that has great meaning to them. They’re taking the time to do this because your life could use some help, but they don’t want to come over and just give advice. They want to give it to you in a form that becomes inseparable from your whole self. That’s what stories do. Stories differ from advice in that, once you get them, they become a fabric of your whole soul. That is why they heal you.” – Alice Walker
We hope our work brings a smile to your lips!