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Sympoetic Surfaces; Making with Nature – Visiting Artist Amanda Bury

July 15, 2023 @ 10:00 am July 16, 2023 @ 4:00 pm

“Sympoiesis is a simple word; it means “making-with.” Nothing makes itself; nothing is really autopoietic or self-organizing. In the words of the Inupiat computer “world game,” earthlings are never alone. That is the radical implication of sympoiesis. Sympoiesis is a word proper to complex, dynamic, responsive, situated, historical systems. It is a word for “worlding-with, in company” (p. 58).

Join Amanda Bury as she shares how she creates her dynamic surface compositions. We start with a morning walk and time in playful observation at the Sonoma Garden Park where we will collect inspiration and images from the burgeoning plant life using our phone cameras. These will become the basis for us to create newsprint image transfers. Back in the studio after a picnic lunch in the garden, Amanda will demonstrate how she throws her mug, small bowl and plate form, sharing more about her practice. Using these forms she will show how the use of colored slip, image transfer and sgraffito come together to create unique and engaging designs. Students will leave with multiple surfaced pieces of their own creations.

Student Prep:

  • This workshop requires that students prepare and bring 2-4 leather-hard pieces ready for decoration on which to practice their learned surface techniques using their freshly made transfers. 
  • Mugs, bowls, plates, and/or tile-type forms with smooth surfaces and not too much of a belly are ideal for this type of decoration 
  • Type of Clay;
    • Students should use Cone 5 clay as the workshop will be utilizing Amanda’s personal slip recipes for Cone 5 oxidation. 
    • Red clay will create a more earthy undertone beneath the colored slip, and white or buff clay will produce brighter/pastel hues.
  • The group will be eating lunch in Sonoma Garden Park; please bring along a lunch for yourself or something to share with the group – Sonoma Ceramics will provide a variety of beverages, please bring along your reusable water bottle!

Amanda Bury

Artist / Instructor

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.​

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 recently relocated to the Northern California Region and is currently a long-term resident at Cobb Mountain Arts and Ecology Project. Amanda regularly shows in invitational and national juried exhibitions and her work is held in both public and private collections worldwide. 

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

Financial aid is handled on an individual basis. If you think you qualify, follow the link below to apply.

Date: Saturday & Sunday, July 15th & 16th
Time: 10 AM – 4 PM, 30 min – 1 hr for lunch
Total Sessions: 2
Instructor: Amanda Bury
Location: Room 117
Ages: Adult, 18+
Skill Level: Intermediate(Must have some experience in clay)
Sliding Scale: $120 / $200 / $280
Financial aid available

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