Amanda Ryznar's Profile

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The short version: I am Amanda, and I make my pottery in Eugene, Oregon. When not pottering, I enjoy gardening, camping, knitting and crocheting, cooking and not cleaning.

The pottery life-story version:

I got a BFA from Slippery Rock University in 2000. Yes, Slippery Rock is a real university :)

In 2001, I moved to Vermont to work as an apprentice thrower at Simon Pearce Pottery in Windsor. The next year I was moved to the Quechee, VT location, which is housed in an old mill. It draws quite the crowd, and I spent my days honing my throwing skills, gazing out my window at a spectacular waterfall, and hearing people say “look, honey – it’s just like ‘Ghost’”.

In 2003, I went to work with Miranda Thomas Pottery in Bridgewater, VT. There I and the 3 other potters threw and…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 29
  • Joined March 18, 2007

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porcelain, yarn, markers, pens, colored pencils

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About

The short version: I am Amanda, and I make my pottery in Eugene, Oregon. When not pottering, I enjoy gardening, camping, knitting and crocheting, cooking and not cleaning.

The pottery life-story version:

I got a BFA from Slippery Rock University in 2000. Yes, Slippery Rock is a real university :)

In 2001, I moved to Vermont to work as an apprentice thrower at Simon Pearce Pottery in Windsor. The next year I was moved to the Quechee, VT location, which is housed in an old mill. It draws quite the crowd, and I spent my days honing my throwing skills, gazing out my window at a spectacular waterfall, and hearing people say “look, honey – it’s just like ‘Ghost’”.

In 2003, I went to work with Miranda Thomas Pottery in Bridgewater, VT. There I and the 3 other potters threw and carved Miranda’s line of stoneware pottery. This is where I learned to carve the various flora and fauna of Miranda's patterns freehand through a layer of iron oxide slip, using a porcupine quill and bamboo chisel. (I still use the bamboo chisel, but I have since broken my old quills and now draw my own designs with a sharp myrtlewood stick, from Eaduard Hairsticks of course :) ) I worked for Miranda until 2007, then plunged into the great unknown of self-employment.

In 2008, I moved to Eugene, Oregon. It was the biggest thrill to set up at Saturday Market for the very first time and have someone walking by recognize my work from having been to my Etsy shop :) Actually it was kind of embarrassing, because I had remembered my wooden display stand, but had forgotten the bolts with which to put it together! So I was set up on the plastic folding table from my CR-V. I had colored tissue paper covering it, by way of a “drape”. And I was right next to the port-o-potty. I kind of wish I had a picture, but then again, I’m kind of glad there isn’t one in existence. Ah, memories...

A couple of years later, for some inexplicable reason, I went back to school for accounting, then I worked for about 2 years at a regional accounting firm. If you ask me what that was like, I will ask you “Have you read Dante’s Inferno?” by way of explanation. I never stopped making pottery, but I slowed way down, sometimes only getting into the studio for ½-hour every day. Let me tell you, I appreciated that ½-hour so much!

I’m on the other side of that and back to doing what I believe I was meant to be doing. I feel so blessed to make these things and to have people bring them into their homes. I take pride in my work and truly appreciate your business and want you to be happy with your purchase. Please don’t ever hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for reading! Hope I didn’t bore you to tears!

Amanda

P.S./ FAQs:
Q: What is a “YogaGoat”?
A: Good question! It is an imaginary goat that does yoga, because hey, why not?

I get a lot of requests for donations. I prefer to make donations to my local charities. Thank you for your understanding.

I will consider wholesale and consignment on a case by case basis.




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