Approved: 01.09.2009

Andrew Adair

Artist

Approved: 01.09.2009

I have always felt a strong affinity with my medium, in particular its variety and unpredictability. Torn edges, cracks, slumped shapes, textures, all things I happily incorporate and cultivate within my surfaces and forms. I am a great believer in letting the clay express itself, maintaining the integrity of the material, making sure that it is clearly manifest in the finished piece. Although my work

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  • Location: Dumfries, Scotland
  • Activities: Studio practice
  • Categories: Ceramics
 

Biography

I have always felt a strong affinity with my medium, in particular its variety and unpredictability. Torn edges, cracks, slumped shapes, textures, all things I happily incorporate and cultivate within my surfaces and forms. I am a great believer in letting the clay express itself, maintaining the integrity of the material, making sure that it is clearly manifest in the finished piece. Although my work is not concerned with the pot as function I still very much enjoy the 'potness of the pot', something to be handled, to be enjoyed not just by the eye.Whilst at Art School my greatest influence was one of my tutors, the Australian potter, Alan Peascod. Through him I came to better understand the importance of the relationship between clay and glaze, form and surface, and to appreciate its historic and continuing significance. Much about my work is to do with the glazed surface and I invest considerable time investigating and developing my own glazes and techniques. I believe that it is often the vibrancy of the glaze which will leave the greatest impression on the viewer.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 1987 - BA(Hons) Degree in Ceramic Design, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow Solo exhibitions 1996 - Crafts Showcase Gallery, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries 1995 - Crafts Showcase Gallery, Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews Group exhibitions 2013 - MAKERS Exhibition, CUBE Gallery, Manchester 2012 - Two-man Show, Catstrand, New Galloway, Dumfries & Galloway 2009 - "Homecoming", Whitehouse gallery, Kirkudbright 2009 - Christmas Exhibition, McGill Duncan Gallery, Castle Douglas 2008 - Group Show, Scottish Showcase Gallery, Kirkudbright 1993 - Two-man Exhibition, Gatehouse Gallery, Glasgow 1992 - Two-man Exhibition, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh 1990 - SAAC Annual Exhibition, 1990-1995, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh Corporate commissions 1995 - Nine commissioned plates, ABSA (Association of Business Sponsorship of the Arts) Scottish Awards, Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow Other 2013 - Spring Fling, Kilncraft Studios, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries 2012 - Spring Fling, Kilncraft Studios, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries 2011 - Spring Fling, Kilncraft Studios, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries 2010 - Spring Fling, Kilncraft Studios, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries 2009 - Spring Fling, Kilncraft Studios, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries 2008 - Spring Fling, Studio, Dumfries 2007 - Spring Fling, Studio, Dumfries