Annette Gates

Annette Gates is a ceramic artist in Amherst, MA, and has been teaching clay classes and workshops to adults, teens and kids for more than 20 years. Originally from Colorado Annette has her BFA from the University of Colorado, and MFA from the University of Georgia. 

Annette enjoys working with students at all levels, and has taught hand building and wheel throwing in numerous schools and craft centers nationally including the Arrowmont School for Craft, The Women’s Studio Workshop, and Mudfire in Atlanta. 

As a studio potter and sculptor Annette creates both hand-built functional pottery and sculpture in porcelain. Her forms are rooted in structures found in the natural world, and are delicate yet strong, with detailed and tactile surface treatments.

In addition to instructing workshops Annette regularly teaches in Italy with the University of Georgia’s Studies Abroad Program. She has a passion for Italian history, food, culture and art, and especially loves the pottery of antiquity.