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Artist: Adrian King


Adrian King
Adrian King, MAINE
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My approach to making pottery stems from an intrigue for the process and materials that I use.  I utilize atmospheric firing technique using wood and gas, that activate the surfaces with an earth toned warmth.  The firing process allows moments of uncertainty to happen. Bursts of color appear where licked by the flame and glaze wraps around a pot like water against rock.  I want my pottery to bring comfort to our daily routine through tactile and visually stimulating surfaces that promote and encourage use.


EDUCATION
Bachelor of Fine Art in Ceramics, 2012
Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Apprenticeship at Mark Hewitt Pottery 2013 – 2016
Mark Hewitt Pottery, Pittsboro, NC

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Self-Employed – Adrian King Pottery, 2016- Present
Founder/ Sole Proprietor
Production of handmade functional and sculptural pottery
Marketing and Selling of products at independent craft shows and galleries nationally
Creating retail/wholesale products for local businesses and restaurants
Adjunct Professor – Maine College of Art, 2016 – Present
I teach undergraduate classes in ceramics to all level students, Freshman to Senior year.
Ceramics Studio Technician, 2016 – present
Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Maintaining studio upkeep and cleanliness
Firing gas and electric kilns for elective programs
Assisting in problem solving and firing for current ceramics majors
Mixing of clays and glazes for the elective programs
Conducting inventory of materials and supplies for the ceramics department and overseeing ordering and budgeting for the department.


TEACHING
2018-2019 “Feed Your Soul” – Week long workshop focused in wheel thrown ceramics, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
2017-2018 “Student Based Learning” – Mosaics, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Deer Isle, ME
2016-Present Adjunct Professor, Maine College of Art
2018 Portland Pottery clay studio, Portland, ME
2014-2016 Clay Instructor at Carrboro Arts Center, Carrboro, NC
2012 Clay Instructor at the Hive, Gloucester, MA
2011 Pottery instructor at the Breakwater School Enrichment program, Portland, ME

EXHIBITIONS
2019
“If a Tree Falls”, Worlds Fair Gallery, Providence, RI

2018
“The Dining Room”, Maine Craft Portland, Portland, ME

2017
“Evolving Perceptions: Explorations in Clay” Solo Exhibition, Artist at Work Gallery, Portland, ME
“Sip” – Savannah Clay Community, Savannah, GA
"Collect" - Summer Art Sale - Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
"Plates, Platters, and Nothing Else Matters" LBIF Long Beach Township, NJ
"2017 Work House Clay International" Work House Arts Center Lorton, VA
“Big Pots, Little Cups” Chases Garage Art Studios and Gallery, York, ME
2016
Annual teapot and cup show, Portland Pottery, Portland, ME

2015
“Maine College of Art Ceramics Alumni Exhibition”, NCECA, ArtProv Gallery, Providence, RI
“Apprenticelines”, NCECA, Pawtucket Armory, Pawtucket, RI

2012
“Culminate” Maine College of Art BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition, Portland, ME
“A-Pot-Calypse” MECA Ceramics Senior Showcase, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
“Free For All” Space Gallery, Portland, ME

2011
“Alchemy” Susan Maasch Gallery, Portland, ME
Maine College of Art BFA show - Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
"Maine College of Art Student Exhibit", Maine College of Art Lobby, Portland, ME

AWARDS

2018
Ceramics Monthly “Emerging Artist” – Selected as one of the Emerging Artists for 2018

2017
Honorable Mention – “Plates, Platters, Nothing Else Matters”, LBIF Long Beach Township, NJ


DEMONSTRATIONS

2017
Chases Garage Art Studios and Gallery, York, ME

2016
Maine College of Art Ceramics Department, Portland, ME
Portland Pottery, Portland, ME

PUBLICATIONS

2019
Ceramics Monthly, January 2019 Issue, “The Potters Apprentice Comes of Age – Works by Adrian King.”

2018
Ceramics Monthly, May 2018 Issue, Emerging Artist section


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