Annette Gates is a studio artist and part time instructor living in Amherst MA. She grew up in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she developed a deep appreciation of nature. Creating both functional pottery and sculpture, Annette's work unites delicacy with strength. Her forms are inspired by structures found in nature and are defined by tactile surface treatments.
With a BFA from the University of Colorado and an MFA from the University of Georgia, Annette has been teaching university classes and all-ages workshops for 20 years. She currently teaches public school part-time and instructs regularly with the University of Georgia's Studies Abroad program in Italy. She participates in artist residency programs, most notably the International Ceramic Center in Denmark. Her work has been reviewed in several international publications including Ceramics: Art and Perception. Annette is also an active member of the Asparagus Valley Potter's Guild.