Monday, November 10, 2014

POW! Pots on Wheels!

POW! Pots On Wheels.
Our KickStarter will start this Tuesday November 4, 2104
Click the blue button to go to our KickStarter and check out our project video and rewards
POW! (Pots On Wheels!) is a collaborative group of functional potters who seek to connect our love of pots with all kinds of people by bringing shows, projects, and collaborations directly to communities in our mobile gallery/project space. We love the culture of the ceramic community, its makers and collectors, but want to want to reach new audiences—young and older audiences and folks who might never before have touched clay, used handmade pots, or have any idea about how pots are made.  A renovated a 17ft step van will reach underserved neighborhoods and settings where space is at a premium and otherwise unavailable. The van will also serve as an educational gallery to exhibit collaborative projects that POW! members engage in with one another, colleagues, students, and communities, as well as be flexible enough to serve as a workshop for specially designed projects.
We are building partnerships with museums, art centers, schools, and community centers to bring POW! to life. With the support of organizations that have been working for decades we will bring an engaging experience of clay to a broader audience. POW! promises a fresh approach:

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Getting to the Surface - Workshop at Pittsburgh Arts-Center for the Arts

Getting to the Surface

Location: Scaife Building
Room: Ceramics
Aug 25-29, 2014

Meets 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
on Mon Tue Wed Th Fri

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Work with Massachusetts-based master artist Adero Willard to learn how to create new and exciting surfaces on clay by layering color and pattern, and playing with principles of transparency and opacity. The goal of these explorations is to generate new ways to work with form and surface that bring out the personality of your clay forms. A basic understanding of how to work with clay is required. This workshop is part of PCA’s new Master Artist Workshop Series.
Instructor -- Adero Willard
Adero Willard currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts where she is a studio potter and instructor of ceramics at Holyoke Community College. Previously, Adero taught at the Chautauqua Institute and Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, NY. Adero received a BFA from Alfred University in 1995 and an MFA at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2006, where she studied with Walter Ostrom and Neil Forrest. In 2008 she completed a one-year residency at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine. As a full-time artist, Adero has shown in a number of galleries and craft shows, including Ferrin Gallery, Craft Boston and the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, DC. Adero's decoration techniques are being featured in a book on glazes being released in August 2014 by Quarto Publishing. Her lifelong interest in surface decoration is fueled by a passion for textile design, painting, and collage. View her work at
Required supplies for this class:
  • The ceramics studio will be open until midnight for the duration of the class, for students who wish to work independently outside of class time.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Looking through windows of one kind and another

It has been a very cold and snowy winter here in western Massachusetts. Having a view of the river from my pottery studio is one of the things I always look forward too about coming in to work. However, this winter all that view has done is reinforce the conditions.

So while March is making me look forward to Spring's warmer temps, I am also looking forward to being one of the ceramic artists included in AKAR's annual Yunomi Invitational. The show has not yet been posted to their site, but I will send out a link once it is. I was in the show last year too, and every piece sold -- so get there early!

Yunomi (or Unomi, depending who you ask) are one of the ceramic forms I most enjoy making. I like the proportion; I like that since it lacks a handle there are new ways to think about how it is held; I like that AKAR is a venue that cultivates the internationality of pottery.

My designs on the pieces included in this year's show follow a theme similar to the this one. 

If you know my work, you might be surprised by the mono-chromatic nature of this design. Don't worry: I am not about to abandon color!

But I do enjoy how the positive/negative contrasts become more prominent with a pared down palette. I like the "windows" that the decoration moves through and around, and alterations to the form that invite the hand to hold it.

In some new pieces that I am in the process of making now, I am taking some of these ideas a step or two further. I want the geometry and the organic elements to interact more. (That light blue you see is the wax I use for resist techniques.)

The natural light helps take some sting out of the winter.

Besides yunomi as a drinking vessel, I am working on some pots that bring some of the same proportionality and design theme to different objects. There is something about the ceremonial quality that is making me excited to see how these will come out (they are waiting for their first firing).

So here's to March and new beginnings...and getting to summer.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

New Cups for the holiday season on Etsy!!!

If you can't make it to Craft Boston this winter follow me at my Etsy Shop,  Pottery by Adero Willard . All work is available for purchase, and I will be updating Etsy with new work throughout November and December. 

ceramic mug, hand decorated, one of a kind, pottery, tea or coffee, all handmade

ceramic mug, hand decorated, one of a kind, pottery, tea or coffee, all handmade

ceramic teacup with one of a kind decoration, handmade in Massachusetts. Completely unique -- a lovely gift!

ceramic teacup with one of a kind decoration, handmade in Massachusetts. Completely unique -- a lovely gift!

ceramic yunomi no handle teacup, handmade and unique with all hand-drawn decoration. Fits perfectly in your hand to enjoy tea or coffee 

ceramic mug, all hand drawn designs, original handmade fine crafts. If you love blue this is for you!

handmade ceramic mug, coffee or tea, one of a kind pottery

handmade ceramic mug, coffee or tea, one of a kind pottery by ceramic artist Adero Willard

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Arts (ceramic and otherwise) in season here in Western Mass

We have had a very sunny and mostly mild fall and the leaves and the light are so beautiful!

I am not such a big fan of the cooler temps but the natural beauty of New England autumn is always something to look forward to.

As far as this being a season for the arts, most people probably think of the Paradise City show that happens here in Northampton over the holiday weekend. I am not exhibiting this year, but am definitely planning to stop in.

So if you are coming out this weekend for that show, let me give you one more arts event that you should include in your trip (or make a trip for some other day): Art in the Orchard in Easthampton.

It's a beautiful setting and you walk through it at your own pace; there are around 20 pieces so you can see it all in about an hour or so. Some are by local artists and other artists are from across the country.

If you can get there on a non-weekend day you probably can have a lot of it to yourself. And you can also visit their pick-your-own orchards while you are there.

Art in the Orchard is open through October. If you are coming out to Western Mass for the Paradise City show, or if you are just looking for a reason to make a trip out here (or just for an outing if you are local) this is a fun way to feed the senses.

One last note -- this coming Friday is Arts Night Out in Northampton, and there is an opening reception for a show called Be Here Now at the Forbes Library. So if you were feeling really ambitious you could do an arts trifecta!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Stopping in at JP Open Studios last weekend

Having been an exhibitor there many times over the years, it was really fun to head out to Jamaica Plain and check out Open Studios...without having to do any set-up or break down! The weather was pretty much all you could ask for in Boston this time of year so it was a great day to walk around.

If you follow me on Twitter (@PotteryByAdero) you got the chance to see pix of some booths I came across. Of course, there's no way to see everything at an event this size in one day, but everywhere I went there was always something pulling me in -- how did they make that? what is it made from? Lots of different inspiration.

Of course I can't go to an event and not check out the work of my fellow potters (my Aunt, for one). There were all kinds of fun and functional pieces. I ended up picking out a couple things to take home with me.

First, there was this lovely pouring vessel from Jeremy Ogusky. It's on our dinner table every night now!

You can see more of Jeremy's work at his Pinterest Portfolio, or at his website.
Jeremy had some really cool forms for foodies who like to do their own fermenting, like for sauerkraut or kimchi. I love those foods but I am too busy teaching and making pots -- I guess I will still have to settle for store-bought.

Of course, I am always drawn to pottery that involves a lot of surface design. So it was nice to get to meet Nicole Aquillano. I have noticed her work before in galleries out here in Western Mass and seeing it in person did not disappoint. Not that I am a photographer but I couldn't resist setting this shot up on the stairs in our house -- it seemed to fit the design she is working with.

You can see a bunch of her other designs at her website.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Castle hill workshop

I just finished teaching a workshop at Castle Hill center for the Arts this week. It was called "Layered Surfaces and Intuitive Form".  Who knew a week would go so quickly, we got through a lot of the surface techniques that I wanted to cover, but besides demonstrations students barely had time to get in to form. 
Pictures below are of  a demonstration that I gave for making my new flower arranging forms and the workshop attendees work. 

If you missed this week with me, come to this hands on workshop  and learn  about my surfaces at Odyssey Center for Craft in Ashville, North Carolina.