Presenting the 2012-2013 Resident Artist

Greenwich House Pottery is pleased to announce Christopher Adams as its 2012-2013 Resident Artist.

The Resident Artist program at Greenwich House Pottery began in the 1970s as a way to help encourage artists’ development by providing them with time, space, equipment and materials in a creative, communal atmosphere. This program is an integral part of the Pottery's commitment to promoting visual arts and supporting the work of individual artists.

Originally hailing from Massachusetts, Christopher graduated with a biology degree from Harvard in 1994. He worked as a museum consultant and insect illustrator for six years before returning to school for a medical degree. While not in his studio sculpting clay, Christopher works part-time as a dermatologist; his medical background influences his aesthetic and subject matter in ceramics.

Of his work, Adams writes: “My ceramic work relates intimately to my interests and experiences outside of art...and falls into the category of ‘organic abstraction.’ The pieces are influenced by a variety of creatures, but none of them represent any specific organism. Instead, the works usually play on biological concepts—speciation, convergence, mimicry—to generate aesthetic novelty. My most recent efforts relate to a series of wall-hanging ceramic biomorphic abstractions that play on the biological speciation concept of adaptive radiation – a phenomenon in which some pioneering organism enters into a relatively untapped environment and differentiates wildly and rapidly while at the same time not departing too dramatically from its original form. All the works in the series are members of an arbitrarily designed family…The population—currently hovering at around 5,000—has been evolving over the last 10 years…pieces range in size from half an inch to four feet in diameter and all are hand-built.”

The artist’s residency culminates with a featured four-week solo exhibition at the Pottery’s Jane Hartsook Gallery. Greenwich House also encourages the resident artist to engage the community by giving presentations and demonstrations of his or her work, free of charge, to other artists and the general public. Studio technicians assist in loading and firing the artist's work, helping with construction and providing technical information. All materials are provided to the resident, at no cost to the artist. On average, the Pottery receives more than 30 applications a year from young artists vying for the opportunity to work in our West Village studio, one of the few non-profit ceramics studios in New York.

The program provides an extremely rare opportunity for artists to focus on their work while having access to networking in the heart of the urban art world. It is open to all individuals, including students enrolled at the Greenwich House Pottery School, who plan to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts or a Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramics or intend to establish their own studios. Applicants provide documentation that indicates serious commitment to their craft. They are self-motivated, people-oriented individuals who are committed to the ideals of the Pottery’s community-based approach.

Previous resident artists’ experiences have proven the program as a resounding success. Many have received or are studying for Master of Fine Arts degrees and some are lecturing at universities. The current assistant director of Greenwich House Pottery, Lisa Chicoyne, first became involved with the Greenwich House Pottery through her residency there. In addition, the Pottery employs six former residents, four as faculty and two as studio technicians. We are confident that future resident artists will remain in the field and help promote ceramic arts to the New York City community.

Partial funding comes from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, which helps fund the residency program. Greenwich House relies on other funding sources as well including special events, individual donations and private foundations to support this program.

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