Adrienne Eliades is a studio potter and educator living in Vancouver, Washington. She earned a B.A. in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2008 and an MFA from University of Florida in 2016. Adrienne has been artist-in-residence at Ash Street Project in Portland, Oregon, Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark and the Bright Angle in Asheville, North Carolina. Her works and writing are featured in numerous publications including UPPERCASE Magazine, Craft in America, Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated. Ceramics Monthly named her an Emerging Artist in 2018. In addition to maintaining a vibrant studio practice, Adrienne is the HOT CLAY Program Coordinator for Idyllwild Arts Summer Program in Idyllwild, California and has presented over 20 workshops nationwide.
From formation to decoration, my functional pottery coalesces aesthetic pleasure with tactile experience. Drawing on sensory perception invites engagement in use. Tethered together by the object as a physical boundary, I am interested in the negotiation between the material and the maker and the connection to its emotional response in the user. I work in repetitions of activity and object. My process involves multiple forming methods – by wheel, hand, or mold. Form language is remade and refined over time with the intention of improving each piece from the last. The fresh porcelain forms are opportunities for new surface integrations. Highly patterned yet abstract surfaces combine negative and positive space, transparency and color to form new meanings left open to viewer interpretation. Inspired by confetti, candy and games, my pattern designs note marks of celebration that invoke an attitude of enjoyment for the present moment.