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Artist: Amanda Bury



Amanda Bury, NORTH CAROLINA
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Bio

Amanda grew up in Washington state. She has always found comfort in the natural world around her. Amanda's functional ware pays homage to our food origins and the marvelously complex and deeply flawed systems which move food from the ground to our tables every day. She remains influenced by memories of her grandmother's garden and her time working on farms during college. Her practice is nourished by time spent tending her own food gardens, and by supporting her local farmers market- see the "Why CSA Matters" page. 

Amanda received a Bachelor of Art in Studio Art and a Bachelor of Art in Anthropology from Central Washington University. She then went on to pursue Post-Baccalaureate study in Ceramics at the University of Montana. Amanda has spent time as an artist in residence at well-known arts organizations across the country including The Morean Center for Clay in Saint Petersburg, Florida, and Belger Crane Yard Studios in Kansas City, Missouri.

Amanda works as a full-time studio artist and regularly shows in invitational and national juried exhibitions. Her work is held in both public and private collections worldwide.  Amanda recently relocated to the Northern California Region and is currently a long-term resident at Cobb Moutain Arts and Ecology Project.

Artist Statement

My drive to make functional pots comes from a deep reverence for food as the most intimate way humans relate to nature. I have always been drawn to the beauty of handmade objects. Creating by hand is a purposeful attempt at being present and connecting with the moment through the process of labor. My work quietly conveys my interest in the complex systems of culture, ethics, commerce, history, ritual, community, and environment found within the realm of food production. 

The formal and visual language of my work is rooted in the growth patterns of nature, landscape abstraction, linear design as metaphor, and color and spatial relations as symbols. Bold images inspired by personal experiences in nature, a love of botanical/scientific illustrations, and vintage seed catalogs or packets occupy often the foreground. 

My image library includes pollinators, to whom we owe much of our food supply; tools/implements which reference the human hand in our agricultural system; and a vast variety of food and medicinal plants. Images are chosen for specific works based on associations with the form or function of the pot. I consciously choose to not dissect the part of the plant familiar to our kitchens from the natural whole. Through abstraction and quiet association, my work brings a broad focus to the food on your plate. Serving as a reminder of the joy and wonders to be found in nature, our vital place within it, and our responsibility to care for it.

EDUCATION/RESIDENCY

2023-Present     Resident Artist, Cobb Mountain Art and Ecology Project, Loch Lomond, CA

2022-2023         Independent Studio Practice, Mendocino, CA

2020-2022         Independent Studio Practice, Advance, NC

2019-2020         Resident Artist, Belger Crane Yard Studios, Kansas City, MO

2017-2018         Resident Artist, Morean Center for Clay, Saint Petersburg, FL

2015-2016         Post Baccalaureate Study, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

2009-2015         B.A. Studio Art, B.A. Anthropology, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA  

EXHIBITIONS

2023

  • Invited Artist, Mentor, Regional Ceramic Faculty & Alumni, Trackside Gallery, Spokane, WA
  • 5th Biennial National Juried Exhibition, Entomophagous Dining, The International Museum of Dinnerware Design, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Invited Artist, Functional Ceramics Exhibition, Ohio Designer Craftsman / Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, OH

2022

  • Invited Artist, Clay to Table, Group Online Sale
  • Featured Artist, ClayAKAR, Iowa City, IA
  • In Season, Duo Ceramics & Poetry Exhibition, Plough Gallery, Tifton, GA
  • Invited Artist, 2022 Yunomi Invitational, ClayAKAR, Iowa City, IA
  • Concurrent Exhibition, Exhibitor & Co-Organizer, A Flower Blooms in the Desert: Investigations of Agricultural Microcosms,
    NCECA Conference, Fertile Ground, Sacramento, CA
  • Invited Artist, Chroma, Saltstone Gallery, Seattle, WA

2021​

  • Featured Artist Exhibition, ClayAKAR, Iowa City, IA
  • Invited Artist, 2021 Yunomi Invitational, ClayAKAR, Iowa City, IA
  • Invited Artist, Exquisite Forms III, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL
  • Invited Artist, Last Call VI, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN

2020

  • Invited Artist Feature Shop, Artaxis Organization
  • Tea Time, Belger Crane Yard Studios, Kansas City, MO
  • Yunomi Invitational 2020, CLAYAKAR, Iowa City, IA
  • Red Star Resident Small Works 2020, Belger Crane Yard Studios, Kansas City, MO
  • Women of Woodfire Invitational, Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR
  • IN/Residence, Belger Crane Yard Studios, Kansas City, MO
  • Last Call V, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN
  • Red Star Resident Sip Shop 2020, Belger Crane Yard Studios, Kansas City, MO


2019

  • Collective Minds Invitational, basalt Collective Fine Art Gallery, Moses Lake, WA
  • Cup of Joy Invitational, Trackside Studio Ceramic Art Gallery, Spokane, WA
  • Workhouse Clay International Exhibition 2019, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA
  • Clay National XIV: Nature Reconsidered, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO
  • Yunomi Invitational 2019, CLAYAKAR, Iowa City, IA
  • Form and Function, Two-person Invitational Exhibition, Trackside Gallery, Spokane, WA
  • Here For This, CrissCross Pop-Up, Minneapolis, MN, NCECA 2019
  • Art of Clay National Juried Exhibition, ​NC Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC
  • Residency Reflections Ceramics Invitational, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, CWU, Ellensburg, WA

2018

  • Featured Artist Exhibition,Three Winds Artist Collective, Ellensburg, WA
  • A Gifted Offering Invitational, Eutectic Gallery, Portland OR
  • Cup of Joy Invitational Exhibition, Trackside Studio Ceramic Art Gallery, Spokane, WA
  • Emerging Artist Invitational, Cultural Confluence Symposium, Free Ceramics, Helena MT
  • Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, PA
  • Solo Exhibition, Vitae Telam Vitae Terra, Morean Center for Clay, Saint Petersburg, FL
  • Working Pots III, James May Gallery, Algoma WI
  • Yunomi Invitational 2018, ClayAkar, Iowa City, IA
  • delecTABLE: The Fine Art of Dining, Denver, CO
  • Palliative Pour, Threadbare Cider House, Pittsburgh, PA
  • SIP: A Ceramic Cup Show, Savannah Clay Community, Savannah, GA

2017

  • Inbound, Morean Center for Clay, Saint Petersburg, FL
  • Working Pots II, James May Gallery, Algoma WI

2016

  • Out of the Ashes, Morean Art Center for Clay, St. Petersburg FL
  • Members Exhibition, Morean Arts Center for Clay, St. Petersburg FL
  • Last Call, The Companion Gallery, Humbolt TN

2015 

  • University of Montana Ceramic Graduate and Post Baccalaureate Program Exhibition, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT
  • Studio Sale-Co-Artist Exhibition, Ellensburg WineWorks, Ellensburg, WA
  • 420 Loft CWU Student Art Show, 420 Loft Gallery, Ellensburg, WA
  • Juried Undergraduate Student Art Exhibition, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA
  • Solo Exhibition: The Subtleties of Soda, Gallery 231, Ellensburg WA

2014

  • Kittitas Valley Juried Show, Gallery One Visual Arts Center, Ellensburg WA
  • 420 Loft Art Gallery CWU Student Show, Ellensburg WA
  • Juried Undergraduate Student Art Exhibition, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA


INTERVIEWS/PUBLICATIONS/AWARDS

2022 - Distinguished Alumni, Leadership Award, College of Arts and Humanities, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA

2022 - Jan/Feb, Pottery Making Illustrated: POTLUCK! 25th Anniversary Contest

2021 - May, Ceramics Monthly: Emerging Artists of the Year 2021

2021 - March/April, Pottery Making Illustrated: In the Potter’s Kitchen: Press-Molded Flask and Cocktail Recipes

2019 - Tales of a Red Clay Rambler, Episode 275: Live from CWU: Residency Reflections

2018 - Tales of a Red Clay Rambler, Episode 222: Morean Center for Clay Resident Artists
2017 - Musing About Mud- Emerging Artist

KILN BUILDING

2018 Cross-draft Wood-Soda, Morean Center for Clay

2017 Mini-Train, Morean Arts Center for Clay

2016 Cross-draft Wood-Soda, The Clay Studio of Missoula

2014 Cross-draft Wood-Soda, Central Washington University

DEMONSTRATIONS AND INSTRUCTION

2022 Mixed Making: Slab-Built & Thrown Baskets, Live Virtual Workshop, Pocosin Arts

2022 Newsprint Transfering Images, LiveVirtual Workshop, FrankArts.com

2022 Special Topics: Wood and Soda Firing, Sawtooth School for Visual Art, Winston Salem, NC

2022 Clay Geometry, Weekend Workshop, Art Alliance, Greensboro, NC

2022 Facet & Frame: Surface Composition of the Altered Form, 5-day Workshop, Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts, Maplecrest, NY

2022 Demonstration Workshop, The Crafts Center at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

2021 Beginning/Intermediate Wheel Throwing, Sawtooth School for Visual Arts, Winston Salem, NC

2020 Intro to Wheel Throwing, Belger Crane Yard Studios, Kansas City, MO

2019 Intro to Wheel Throwing, Belger Crane Yard Studios, Kansas City, MO

2019 Wheel Sessions Class, Gallery One Visual Arts, Ellensburg, WA
2019 Visiting Artist Demonstrations, Central Washington University, Ellensburg WA

2018 Visiting Artist Demonstrations, Berkeley Preparatory School, Tampa, FL

2017 Out of the Round, Morean Arts Center for Clay, Saint Petersburg, FL

2017 Summer Clay Camp, Morean Arts Center for Clay, Saint Petersburg. FL

2016 Sundays at the Morean, Morean Arts Center for Clay, Saint Petersburg, FL

2016 Kiln Building & Wood-Soda Firing Class, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT

2016 Teen Throwing, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT

2015 Kids Clay Camp, Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA​

OTHER RELATED EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

2022 Spring Pentaculum, Invited Artist, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

2022 National Council on the Education for the Ceramics Arts, Sacramento, CA

2021 National Council on the Education for Ceramic Arts Virtual Conference

2020 North Carolina Potters Conference, Seagrove, NC

2019 National Council on the Education for Ceramics Arts Conference, Minneapolis, MN

2018 Penland School of Crafts Workshop, Atmospheric Firing, Penland NC

2018 National Council on the Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

2018 Florida Heat Surface, Morean Arts Center for Clay, Saint Petersburg, FL

2018 Florida Heat, Morean Arts Center for Clay, Saint Petersburg, FL

2017 Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts Workshop w/ Jack Troy, New Castle, ME

2017 National Council on the Education for the Ceramics Arts Conference, Portland, OR

2016 National Council on the Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference, Kansas City, MO

2015 National Council on the Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference, Providence, RI

2014 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference, Milwaukee, WI

2013 Julia Galloway Workshop, Gallery One Visual Arts Center, Ellensburg, WA

2013 Jason Briggs Workshop, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA

2012 Deborah Schwartzkoph Workshop, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA


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