Amanda Gentry's Profile

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I believe strongly in the power of metaphor -- every experience, color and shape -- full of associations and opportunities. To dive deeper. To learn and grow through awareness of matter. Recognizing that things are always more than they appear to be.

When I first approached clay as an adult I was certain that I was a wheel thrower. The qualities of symmetry and perfection inherent to the automation of the wheel appealed to my sensibilities. Sensibilities and nature, however, are very different things. All pots of perfection put into the kiln invariably came out imperfect. I started altering almost everything I fired in a desperate attempt to have the last word.

In the fall of 2010 I surrendered to hand building through a weekend workshop at Arrowmont (http://www.arrowmont.org/) with Liz Zlot Summerfiled (http://www.lzspottery.com/). I…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 2
  • Joined February 20, 2010

Favorite materials

porcelain and stoneware

About

I believe strongly in the power of metaphor -- every experience, color and shape -- full of associations and opportunities. To dive deeper. To learn and grow through awareness of matter. Recognizing that things are always more than they appear to be.

When I first approached clay as an adult I was certain that I was a wheel thrower. The qualities of symmetry and perfection inherent to the automation of the wheel appealed to my sensibilities. Sensibilities and nature, however, are very different things. All pots of perfection put into the kiln invariably came out imperfect. I started altering almost everything I fired in a desperate attempt to have the last word.

In the fall of 2010 I surrendered to hand building through a weekend workshop at Arrowmont (http://www.arrowmont.org/) with Liz Zlot Summerfiled (http://www.lzspottery.com/). I thought I was taking the workshop simply to familiarize myself with this form of building. I had no idea that I would start ignoring the wheel when I got back to the studio.

As I am maturing and growing I am falling in love with my humanity. I am trying less to become symmetrical and perfect. Unfolding to the true self. Hand building at this stage in my life is honest. It is the metaphor. It is me working my clay with integrity. Making my pots in the spirit of surrender to an internal process that is holy.

Recently a fellow potter saw me fastidiously throwing a slab and asked me if I was off the wheel forever. To which I replied, "There was I time when I said I would never be a hand builder."

Education:
BFA, Graphic Design, Boston University, 1995

Shows:
Ongoing, SipSeven, Istria Café, Hyde Park, Illinois
2008, 8th Annual National Juried Cup Show, Kent State University, School of Art
2007, Intuition & Invitation, Gallery Pink, Oak Park, Illinois

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