Kirsty Adams is an award-winning ceramicist, originally training at Brighton Art College and then on the potter’s wheel in Japan. Kirsty has developed a personal approach to throwing on the wheel using porcelain clay, to produce unique pieces for the home. A Japanese comb tool is used to create and enhance the throwing lines. She mixes her own glazes using predominantly dolomite and tin and gloss, to which she adds oxides like copper and cobalt. Kirsty dips and pours these glazes to enjoy the effects that the layering brings. It is important to her that each piece retains an element of individuality, experimentation and tension when the kiln is opened, and she loves the idea of the glazes fusing together in unexpected ways as they are fired. Kirsty recently introduced the oxide rutile to provide an additional reactive element to the glazing process.
The recent Icelandic collection of moon jars, bowls and vessels are the culmination of Kirsty’s research trip to Iceland, and are expressive of the ‘otherworldliness’ of the landscapes experienced there.
Kirsty won a Crafts Council opportunity to design a bespoke range for the National Trust’s Artisan and Craft Collection, drawing on National Trust collections at Nostell Priory for inspiration. In addition to being represented on the Crafts Council Makers Directory, Kirsty is a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and is based in Newcastle.
Kirsty is part of Design-Nation, presenting at The Future of Craft, Oxo Tower Wharf for London Craft Week