by Lynn Byrne
Adam Silverman is having a great year. Architectural Digest has already hailed his book, Adam Silverman Ceramics, released in late September, as the “loveliest design book of the fall season…” In conjunction with the book’s launch, his work will be shown in museums and galleries around the world. His first museum exhibition opened at the Laguna Art Museum on October 27.
I was extremely fortunate to visit Adam Silverman’s studio at Heath Ceramics while on BlogTour LA, where I took these pictures. There is nothing better than a peephole into an artist’s creative process and I found it fascinating to see his mood board, works in process, and his seemingly analytical approach to categorizing different shapes.
The artist Joan Miro is an inspiration. Do you see the influence?
Adam’s background is not what you might expect from a potter. He says he keeps bankers’ hours at the wheel. Adam was first trained as an architect at the Rhode Island School of Design and then worked in fashion establishing the influential label X-large in the late 1990′s. Although always interested in ceramics, it was not until 2002 that he began to practice his art full time, setting up a studio at Atwater Village. Adam has been studio director at Heath Ceramics since 2008.
Adam’s work couldn’t be more different than the single-fire process devised by Heath Ceramics’ founder Edith Heath which resulted in pieces with a very streamlined, smooth look. Adam explains, ” All of my stuff is a pure expression of process–pieces that are fired many times and ground down in between or glazes that move and freeze when they’re cooled or layers of things that get thicker and thicker and change colors…” He says at first that some of the people at Heath’s Sausalito outpost offered to help him “fix” his finishes, but “now they’ve come around.”
Adam’s work has been described as an exploration of the relation of art to nature, with natural gourd and shell shapes, with textures reminiscent of coral and barnacles. Adam’s finishes have been describes as lava-like, lacy, gritty, sensual and undeniably beautiful.
I am stopping by Rizzoli tomorrow to check out the book. I will tweet my views on it so be sure to follow me. You can order it on Amazon, by clicking the book cover below.
Credits; Architectural Digest quote. Adam Silverman quotes from Sight Unseen. All photos of Adam Silverman’s work and studio shots by Lynn Byrne for Decor Arts Now. Lynn is an Amazon Affiliate. To learn more visit the “My Books” page.