About Me

Perch was started in 2004 in Brooklyn, NY. Now, after years of only working in clay I have started revisiting materials - brass, concrete and wood and getting much more experimental with my ceramics in the process. New functions too - many here are non-functional, decorative,  just objects...but I hope convey the same feelings as my previous work. I'll continue to add new vases, garden pots and lighting too. 

As an industrial designer by training, I fight the urge to plan these objects too much, I'm really trying to keep spontaneity present so the objects speak of their concepts and process. But in fact, each starts with a sketch model, glaze trial, technical drawing and probably numerous failed attempts. I'll try to document as much of this as possible on this website. 

Besides running my business from studios in Red Hook, my 19 years in Brooklyn included wonderful jobs at West Elm and with David Weeks. The creative energy of that place has migrated north and I'm happy to be reinvigorating Perch upstate in the beautiful Hudson Valley.

Amy Adams Ratliff, June, 2018

For more information on my background, please refer to my cv

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