Opening and Artist Talk: Saturday, May 25 from 6pm to 8pm
Adero Willard creates some of the richest, most exciting ceramic surfaces in the country. Please join us for her artist talk and show open which features new large-scale ceramic work.
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.
On Saturday, May 25, doors open at 6 pm, artist talk starts at 6:30 pm. Light refreshment served. Parking available directly in front of the building.
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.
District Clay Center is located at 2414 Douglas Street NE.