Detail of Crater Dish, ceramic by Newcastle-based ceramicist Kirsty Adams


Kirsty Adams

Kirsty was brought up in a village near Selby, North Yorkshire and lived in York from the age of 15. She went to Art Foundation in York and then went on to take a degree in Ceramics (BA Hons Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics) at Brighton Art College.

With a delicate style of throwing, poured and dipped glazing techniques, Kirsty has created an award-winning, unique collection of tableware and studio ceramics. Each piece contains an element of individuality and spontaneity, with refined throwing lines, combined with the incidental marks and story of the glazing technique.

Her main inspiration and methods of working were developed whilst living and working in Japan. She became particularly inspired by the Oribe style of glazing and this has influenced all her subsequent work. She is listed in the collector’s handbook of ‘British Studio Potters Marks’ and now works from her studio in Newcastle upon Tyne.

In 2017 she was selected by the Crafts Council to produce a bespoke collection for the National Trust, inspired by Nostell Priory in South Yorkshire. In 2019, she launched her Icelandic collection of moon jars, vessels and bowls inspired by the otherworldliness of Iceland’s landscapes. In 2022, she introduced her Rockpool collection inspired by the Northumberland coastline near to where she lives.

Kirsty is a selected member of Design Nation UK and of the Crafts Council Directory. She was recently selected by the Europewide Michelangelo Foundation for representation in their ‘Homo Faber Guide’ for excellence in craftsmanship.

Read more about Kirsty Adams here.

Ceramicist Kirsty Adams at her wheel by photographer Michael Lawler

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