“I always have that tension of opening the kiln to see what will it reveal,” says Kirsty. “I wouldn’t want to lose that kiln magic.” Drawn to clay from the age of four, Kirsty Adams began studying pottery at 14 and has never looked back. After a foundation course in Art and Design, followed by two years living and working in pottery in Japan, Adams honed a unique ceramic style.
“My style is very influenced by Japanese aesthetics and their approach to spontaneity in calligraphy and other art forms,” says Kirsty. “While living in Japan, I practiced line and mark making and also how to express movement in clay. I was particularly fascinated by the ancient Japanese Oribe style of glazing and used this approach to glazing in my subsequent work. I now throw pots in porcelain clay and use the natural flow of the throwing lines as an integral part of the piece. I also create lines whilst throwing, using a Japanese wooden comb tool. I love the feel and quality of Japanese ceramics tools.”
Adams’ porcelain collections are delicate, mostly white with a hint of colour on the rim. As well as the unique definition of shape and high shine glaze that characterises her works, there is a rustic handmade aesthetic that is integral to their look.
“I think simple handmade tableware is so popular at the moment because it reflects a need, in those who seek it, to lead an uncluttered life and allows us to appreciate the simple things,” says Kirsty. “It’s a reflection of our love of clean lines, echoed within contemporary architecture. Also eating from a handmade crafted object appeals to people now rather than something more industrially produced.”
Kirsty and her family moved from London to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne just over two years ago. “It’s still a work in progress,” she says. “The home’s not how I would like it right now (I’m sure most people would say that), but my husband Michael (a photographer) and I enjoy planning how we would like it to be. Our plan is for a light, open plan feel but still sympathetic with the Edwardian features of the house, glass bi-folds in the kitchen and clean lines, grey walls and accents of brightly coloured cushions, throws and artefacts. I go for comfort and a homely feel as well as aesthetics, as we have two lively growing children too!”
Although their home is not yet perfect, Kirsty says they love to entertain friends and family. Much like her work, her entertaining style is simple, thoughtful and stylish. “We do relaxed, home cooked food with close friends rather than large gatherings,” says Kirsty. “Al fresco with a BBQ is always good to put people at ease.”
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