Amy Shinerock has been working at her craft since the 1970s. She received an M.A. in Ceramics from City College in New York, ran a pottery gallery and school in Brooklyn for several years, and traveled to Japan where she learned about Japanese wood-firing techniques. As a potter, she returned to the U.S., built a wood-fired kiln, and concentrated on making Japanese teaware. She has had several one-person shows in New York City.
In the 1980s family life eclipsed her ceramic work until doing therapeutic work in clay with people with disabilities brought her back to pottery. Her work continues to be strongly influenced by traditional Japanese pottery. Centering a piece of clay is a metaphor for an approach to one's whole life, an activity of inner stillness and attention that yields up beauty. These vessels are created out of this intention, and with this there is also the hope that they can impart to those who received them moments of stillness and peace. Amy now works at home in Medford, MA, where she has her studio and shows her work.