My approach to making pottery stems from an intrigue for the process and materials that I use. I utilize atmospheric firing technique using wood and gas, that activate the surfaces with an earth toned warmth. The firing process allows moments of uncertainty to happen. Bursts of color appear where licked by the flame and glaze wraps around a pot like water against rock. I want my pottery to bring comfort to our daily routine through tactile and visually stimulating surfaces that promote and encourage use.
Growing up in New England, I have always been surrounded by the handmade. From the colonial house I grew up in, to the dishes we used and the table we sat at, there has always been a connection to handcrafted objects. I decided to pursue a career in ceramics and attended the Maine College of Art where I graduated in 2012 with a BFA in Ceramics.
Upon graduating, I was offered the opportunity to work with the renowned potter Mark Hewitt. In January 2013, I moved to North Carolina and worked as Hewitt's apprentice for three and a half years. There, I learned the art of creating high-quality functional pottery on a production level, working with locally sourced materials and wood firing the pots in a large 40 foot-long, 900 cubic-foot salt kiln. In addition to making pots and helping run the workshop, I helped with retail, selling and conversing with customers. This experience with Mark was a life-changing opportunity, to say the least.
In 2016, I was welcomed back to the Maine College of Art as the Ceramics Studio Technician and an Adjunct Instructor. There I manage the studio, loading and firing kilns and assisting students with technical issues, and occasionally teaching undergraduate classes in ceramics.
With all the rest of my time, you can find me in the studio (That is why I am here, after all). I make functional pottery that I sell through galleries, craft shows and online in my web store. Please take a look at my shop and see what you think!
- Adrian -