New York, NY – Greenwich House Pottery is pleased to announce that Adam Shiverdecker will be our next 10-month Resident Artist. Adam was selected by our three-person review panel from among 41 applications.Adam’s work “imagines what would happen if the entire military arsenal were simply pushed into the ocean. I’m a committed pacifist, but I am also drawn to the sleekness, the power, and the materiality of machines of war. My work attempts to represent my ambivalence to icons of military might by taking the forms of fighter jets, submarines, and missiles and denaturing their surfaces. By reforming weapons out of wire, I reference both the practice of children’s war games and modeling...I then coat these structures in…clay, allowing for an arbitrary amount of decay. It is this fantasy of decay...which my work tries to trigger. I also apply this logic to historical forms, specifically Greek ceramic vessels. I’m interested in these Greek vessels because of the way they represent a culture that venerates war and conflict, as this seems to anticipate elements of our own bellicose culture.”—Adam Shiverdecker
Adam Shiverdecker is Assistant Professor of 3D Interdisciplinary Art/Ceramics at The University of Toledo. Before assuming his current role at Toledo, he was the Artist-In-Residence in the ceramics program and adjunct faculty at Tyler School of Art and a two-time summer resident artist at The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana (2009, 2011). Adam was named an emerging artist by Ceramics Monthly and was the Myhre Scholar at The Archie Bray Foundation. Before pursuing his MFA at the University of South Carolina (2008), Adam graduated from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Education in Visual Arts (2005).
Our 10-month residency fosters an artist’s development by providing time, space and material in the center of the art world, culminating with a solo exhibition in our Jane Hartsook Gallery. The resident has access to a private studio space (21” x 7’) during the Pottery’s regular business hours, free stocked clay, access to gas and electric firings and a $1000 firing stipends. The residency runs September 1 – July 1.
Greenwich House Pottery, a non-profit (501 c3) organization, is New York City’s premier ceramic facility. Founded in 1909 to teach immigrants a marketable skill in the spirit of the Arts & Crafts Movement to promote the handmade as an alternative to industrialization. Currently, the Pottery is comprised of an educational facility, fabrication studio, gallery and storefront gallery.
Contact: Adam Welch
212-242-4106 ext. 22
16 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014