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I’ve always been fascinated by the tension that occurs between contrary or interdependent forces; organic and inorganic; nature versus man; feminine and masculine; soft versus hard. It is the juxtaposition of materials and concepts that drive my work.

When drawing and painting became too flat for me, the natural transition for me was to clay. As I explored this medium I found it hard to choose between spending my time hand-building and sculpting or throwing pottery.

To me throwing is the opposite of sculpting, and yet lives inextricably beside it. Throwing clay has an order, a predictability and structure, whereas sculpting is all open road. Throwing clay provides immediate gratification, while sculptures take time and care. This time fosters an emotional attachment to the work. The momentary interaction of throwing allows for an unforgiving assessment of each…

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  • Female
  • Born on November 7
  • Joined May 1, 2011

Favorite materials

Clay, Wire, Glaze, Underglaze, Screen Printing

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Faith Adams Ceramics

About

I’ve always been fascinated by the tension that occurs between contrary or interdependent forces; organic and inorganic; nature versus man; feminine and masculine; soft versus hard. It is the juxtaposition of materials and concepts that drive my work.

When drawing and painting became too flat for me, the natural transition for me was to clay. As I explored this medium I found it hard to choose between spending my time hand-building and sculpting or throwing pottery.

To me throwing is the opposite of sculpting, and yet lives inextricably beside it. Throwing clay has an order, a predictability and structure, whereas sculpting is all open road. Throwing clay provides immediate gratification, while sculptures take time and care. This time fosters an emotional attachment to the work. The momentary interaction of throwing allows for an unforgiving assessment of each piece. If a sculpture I’ve worked on for weeks begins to crack, it breaks my heart. But if half a dozen bone dry bowls shatter to the floor, I barely wince.

I wanted to give my thrown pieces more character and was nostalgic for my drawing and painting days; I hand paint and screen print small designs of insects and odd objects on the interior walls of my thrown work. I like how the designs are imposed on the functional space of the pottery; they form a kind of vignette. The subjects of the vignettes naturally organize themselves into collections creating sets that allow the functional pieces to interact with each other.

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