AdrienArt

Smile at Your Thoughts

Washington, United States · 697 Sales

AdrienArt

Smile at Your Thoughts

Washington, United States 697 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
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Announcement   You have arrived! Please enjoy these visions in sculpture, pottery, and painting that I, Adrien Miller, have made.

I welcome requests for custom work, let me know what I can make for you.

Follow me on Instagram for glimpses of my studio practice in progress, @adrienmillerart

See my portfolio at
http://www.adrienart.blogspot.com

For people in the Seattle area, come visit my co-op studio/shop Florentia Clayworks by the Fremont bridge at 218 Florentia. Appointments welcome, or just come in if someone is there.

Announcement
Last updated on Mar 24, 2016

You have arrived! Please enjoy these visions in sculpture, pottery, and painting that I, Adrien Miller, have made.

I welcome requests for custom work, let me know what I can make for you.

Follow me on Instagram for glimpses of my studio practice in progress, @adrienmillerart

See my portfolio at
http://www.adrienart.blogspot.com

For people in the Seattle area, come visit my co-op studio/shop Florentia Clayworks by the Fremont bridge at 218 Florentia. Appointments welcome, or just come in if someone is there.

Adrien Miller

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rtennant1

rtennant1 on Apr 28, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely beautiful!! Package arrived really fast and in perfect condition! Great artist and seller!

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About

An artful journey

For years now, I've been making art in whatever materials I can get my hands on. It's a medicine, a celebration, a profound and mysterious love. It's an endless process that has me in a continuous exploration, always experimenting, envisioning, questioning, moving, serving, growing and revealing. I have a wonderful problem of making more of it than I have space for, and etsy has proved to be very helpful with that.

My first painting was inspired by watching Bob Ross bang out a realistic landscape in a half hour. As a teenager, I got really into painting graffiti until I got arrested (twice) and decided to shift my focus to painting legally. I got a scholarship to California College of Arts and Crafts, and after one semester of intensive yet restrictive foundation courses, I decided to take a year off to see if I could make it as an artist without college. I traveled to Europe to independently study the old masters.

After 2.5 months drawing and painting my way through Spain, I returned to the states to have my first solo show, and sold enough to go back to Europe and do it again. This time I went to Italy and Switzerland, and this trip was humbling. I realized that I had a lot to learn. I was constantly making drawings of the sculpture that is everywhere there. I could paint anywhere, but scuIpture was a mystery that would require new skills and facilities. I decided to return to school as an individualized major studying sculpture (ceramics, glass and metal), painting and photography.

My senior exhibition "Remembering Earth" explored humanity's interconnectedness with the landscape, what we do to the earth and what our environment does to us. It was heavy handed, and I was getting a little jaded with humanity and frustrated about the state of the world, and questioning my role as an artist. I graduated.

After moving back to Seattle, I needed to try something different. I felt that my cultural conditioning was missing something very important, and a friend told me about a 10 day silent retreat he took for free where they teach vipassana meditation, dhamma.org. I signed up and had some life changing insights during those 10 days. The deep sense of peace and happiness that came out of this meditation course became the kind of expression I felt the need to put into my art practice. If I am to make things that share a vision, I would like those things to bring an uplifting vision that inspires joy in others. Daily meditation remains an important factor in maintaining my sanity.

I began making pottery by accident. I was a substitute ceramics teacher, and after giving a demo on sculpting a face, a woman said "that's great, will you show me how to make a plate on the wheel?" I didn't really know how to, so I told her "next class", and taught myself when no one was there. I got hooked. I always wanted each piece I cut off the wheel to be a work of art, and my sculpture and painting background lent themselves perfectly to that goal. I was also searching for a way to make my work more accessible to everyone, and art pottery is a perfect way to sneak some art into the necessary rituals of everyday life. Making pots is also much faster than sculpture or painting, so I can offer it at much more affordable prices. Most of my clay work is made with clay that I recycle. I get dry blocks and scrap clay from potters who don't like clay mixing, and I soak it and wedge it back to life.

Currently I maintain a studio space at Florentia Clayworks, a ceramics co-op in Seattle where I make most of my work. I also manage the clay program, teaching pottery and ceramic art classes at Montlake Community Center.

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  • Adrien MIller

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Born in 1984, Adrien Miller works to bring beauty and peace into the world through sculpture, painting, pottery and photography. He earned a BFA from California College of the Arts in 2007. He now lives, works, and teaches in Seattle.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 25, 2015
Welcome to Smile at Your Thoughts. The work pictured on this site is created with the intention of bringing a sense of peace and happiness into the space it inhabits. All works are original, handmade and one-of-a-kind. Enjoy the art, and feel free to contact me for any special requests or questions.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
  • Check
Payment
I accept Paypal payments in US dollars, as well as checks, but will only mail an item after I have received the check and it has cleared.

Payment is due within 3 days of order receipt.

If you need to cancel a purchase from my shop, please contact me
Shipping
Items will be shipped within 3 business days of receiving payment. If you would like your purchase sent to you quicker than 7 business days, please contact me and that can be done with a higher shipping price.

Packages will be shipped USPS or Fedex. All shipments will be insured by the carrier.

If the buyer is in Seattle, a meet-up can be arranged to save packaging and shipping costs. Please ask.
Refunds and Exchanges
All item descriptions are kept accurate as possible. In the rare event that a piece gets damaged in shipping, you will need to hold on to all the packaging and damaged work, as well as supply photo's of the damage as it appears in the box in order for me to file a claim with the carrier. With your co-operation in such a situation, I can remake or refund the order.

If you have purchased a custom sculpture, there are no refunds once I have started working on the piece for you. I want you to be happy with your custom order, but my time on these projects is not free. Clear communication about needed changes on work in progress updates will help me do my best to make your commission satisfactory.
Additional policies and FAQs
Most of the ceramic work on this site is produced out of recycled or hand-dug clay, and the glazes on functional pieces are all food-safe.

I am happy to consider all custom orders and commissions. I am especially enthusiastic about creating portrait work and I can work from photographs. Please ask.