Clay Vessels and Wall Pieces by Adero Willard
Show Run: May 25 - June 16
Over the course of my career I have set down a path for creating rich elaborate handmade ceramic work that combines elements of functional pottery, vessel, and sculpture — exploration of the decorative clay surface is the unifying element.
Recently, I have been working with larger ceramic vessels: I feel this provides new opportunity to explore how outward visual impressions inform our experiences of both people and art.
As a woman of color, my African American and Native American, and European ancestry, influences my exploration of artistic visual languages that uses a myriad of decorative techniques, overlapping pattern and color provides. This provides me with endless possibilities to express through the clay form and surface, concepts of identity, history, materiality and design.
Adero Willard creates some of the richest, most exciting ceramic surfaces in the country.
Adero Willard lives as an artist and educator in Western Massachusetts.
She received a BFA at Alfred University in 1995 and MFA at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2006, where she studied with Walter Ostrom and Neil Forrest. She completed a yearlong Salad Days residency in 2008 at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine.
Nationally and internationally, Adero has exhibited work in solo and group galleries, craft shows, and pottery invitationals. Her work has been featured in a number of publications and books on ceramics.
Her interest in surface decoration is lifelong and is fueled by a passion for gardening and cooking and a love of textile design, painting, collage.