S. Dartmouth, MA--A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Amy Thurber has explored and taught various forms of art for over 25 years. For her, creating functional art is part of environmental stewardship. The objects we use in our lives should be chosen with care, made with thought, and contribute to the beauty around us. Her art echoes her close relationship to nature. Amy gardens for her art. Each leaf is coaxed into vases and vessels, plates and platters, bowls and buttons. She admires the ephemeral quality of leaves, their uniqueness, texture, and the life that pulses through their veins. Her goal is to capture leaves at a moment in time, as a fossil might, while adding a useful quality that allows us to embrace their essence in a new way.