Adam Buick

Adam Buick
Artists Statement

My work uses a single pure jar form as a canvas to map my observations from an ongoing study of my surroundings. I incorporate stone and locally dug clay into my work to create a narrative, one that conveys a unique sense of place. The unpredictable nature of each jar comes from the inclusions and their metamorphosis during firing. This individuality and tension between materials speaks of the human condition and how the landscape shapes us as individuals.
Landscapes have inspired artists for generations but for me a landscape has to be felt. To depict it is always going to fall short. I was inspired by archaeological theories that the Menhirs of prehistory are a veneration of the landscapes that surrounds them. With my site-specific work I too am venerating the landscape. By placing a Jar at a particular location within the landscape I hope that it will make us look beyond the object to its surroundings.
My work is also about change, about natural cycles and the transience of human endeavor. Part of my 'Earth to Earth' project is to illustrate one cycle as a metaphor for all. I placed a raw, unfired Jar at the top of Carn Treliwyd in Pembrokeshire. Made from the earth; the wind and rain will return it back to the earth. Clay in turn is created from the weathering of igneous rocks upon which this unfired Jar stands.
Paths are a motif I use to represent my actual and metaphoric journeys through a place. To understand a landscape is to move through it, to give it context. Paths are like common routes of experience, guiding us through the landscape. They are connections through time, to others and to the land. Ultimately my work is about being present within a landscape.

The shapes I throw are based on Moon Jars an ancient Korean form originally made from plain white porcelain. At the time they represented the epitome of the austere Confucian virtues of purity, honesty and modesty. I was so inspired by this pure form that I now use it as the composition for my work. This celestial form is for me symbolic of the planet, my fascination with landscape and how humans have utilised and perceived it.

The Moon Jar

The shapes I throw are based on Moon Jars (dal hang-ari) a Korean form from the Choson dynasty (1392-1910) originally made from plain white porcelain. At the time they represented the epitome of the austere Confucian virtues of purity, honesty and modesty. Because of their form they were also thought to represent the embracing, gentle qualities of woman and fertility. Park Youngsook, the only modern exponent of Korean Moon Jars, points out the difficult and exact skills needed in throwing the two halves that make up the completed Jar. Furthermore a careful firing schedule is needed at high temperatures to fuse them successfully. This simple form revered by the Korean people for hundreds of years still resonates today, admired by all who see them.

Housed in the British Museum is a Moon Jar that Bernard Leach brought back from Seoul, one of only ten originals in existence. Leach and his contemporaries in Japan admired it for its lack of self-consciousness, and the beauty of its slight imperfections. I was also struck by these qualities, its serenity and simplicity. I was so inspired by that Moon Jar that for the past four years I have made nothing else, not to replicate it exactly but more to capture the ephemeral qualities that the form resonated. Keeping the Confucian virtues in mind I now use this pure form as the composition for my work.

CV
Education

2004-2006 Crafts Council of Ireland Ceramics Design and Skills Course.
2002-2003 West Wales School of Art, Carmarthen.
1998-2001 BA (Joint Hons.) Archaeology and Anthropology, Lampeter University

Exhibitions

2017 Material: Earth, Messums Wiltshire
Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London
2016 British Craft: The Miami Edit
Inclusions, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
Fool's Gold, Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London
Joanna Bird, London
Beaux Arts, Bath
Raw Earth, Corvi Mora, London
2015 Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London
Thin Place, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen
Real to Reel, Crafts council touring exhibition
Fragile? National Museum Cardiff
2014 Beaux Arts, Bath
The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
Cornish Series, New Craftsman, St.Ives
Ruthin Craft Centre
2013 Corvi-Mora, London
Moon Jar: Contemporary Translations KCC, London
Jerwood Makers Open
2012 Create, Observe, Preform. Alkovi Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
Atencioni, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Chelsea flower show, London
Dewisland, Tenby Museum and Art Galllery, Tenby
Artists in Residence, Oriel Y Parc, St.Davids
Earth, Ruthin Craft Centre
Ceramic Art London, RCA, London
Modern Masters, Munich, Germany
2011 Figure in the Landscape, The Discovery Centre, Winchester
Insight into Beauty II, Embassy of Japan, London
Bloomsbury Art Fair, London
Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey, Devon
Close to Nature, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester
2010 Little and Large, Contemporary Ceramics, London
Welsh Artist of the Year Exhibition, St.Davids Hall, Cardiff
Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, Mayfair, London
Garden Gallery, Hampshire
2009 Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
Origin: The London Craft Fair. Somerset House, London
20:10, Ruthin Craft Center
2008 Harlequin Gallery, London
The Albany Gallery, Cardiff
2006 National Craft Gallery of Ireland, Kilkenny

Collections

2016 The British Museum
2015 Crafts Council UK
2014 Chatsworth House
2013 Oriental Museum, Durham
2012 National Museum Cardiff

Awards

2017 Creative Wales Award, Arts Council of Wales
2013 Jerwood Maker Open
Ceramic Review Award
2011 Arts Council of Wales research grant
2010 Invited Professional Member of the Craft Potters Association
2009 Arts Council of Wales project grant to exhibit at Origin

2013 Stare, Contemplate and wonder, Ceramic Review: Issue 263
2012 The Landscape of Wales, Ceramic Review: Issue 258
2011 Ceramics in Wales, Ceramic Art and Perception: Issue 85
Creative Edge, Garden Design Journal: Issue 107
2010 Glaze of Glory, Financial Times: How To Spend It. Christmas edition
Bloomfield, Linda. Advanced Pottery. Robert Hale Ltd.
2009 Searching for perfection, Ceramic Review: Issue 240
2009 Advertising campaign for Origin

Publication

2013 Stare, Contemplate and wonder, Ceramic Review: Issue 263
2012 The Landscape of Wales, Ceramic Review: Issue 258
2011 Ceramics in Wales, Ceramic Art and Perception: Issue 85
Creative Edge, Garden Design Journal: Issue 107
2010 Glaze of Glory, Financial Times: How To Spend It. Christmas edition
Bloomfield, Linda. Advanced Pottery. Robert Hale Ltd.
2009 Searching for perfection, Ceramic Review: Issue 240
2009 Advertising campaign for Origin


Cornish Journey Jar, 2014 Stoneware with porcelain path inlayed


38 (H) cms

Ref. 16997


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Granite Jar I, 2014 Porcelain with Castle and Dinas granite path


27 (H) cms

Ref. 17005


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Granite Jar II, Stoneware with Castle and Dinas granite path


38 (H) cms

Ref. 16995


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Intertidal Jar, 2013 Stoneware with Waun Llodi clay


38 (H) cms

Ref. 16996


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Journey Jar, 2014 Coloured stoneware with porcelain path inlayed


28 (H) cms

Ref. 17000


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Large Moon Jar Porcelain with Castle an Dinas granite


38 (H) cms

Ref. 21483


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Large Moon Jar Stoneware with Porcelain Path inlayed


38 (H) cms

Ref. 21482


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Large Moon Jar Stoneware with Porthtowan slip and Jun glaze


38 (H) cms

Ref. 21480


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Large Moon Jar Stoneware with Porthtowan slip and Nuka glaze


38 (H) cms

Ref. 21479


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Mid Moon Jar Porcelain Tresowean slip and Transparent glaze


27 (H) cms

Ref. 21489


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Mid Moon Jar Porcelain with Porthtowan brush work


27 (H) cms

Ref. 21563


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Mid Moon Jar Porcelain with Porthtowan copper ore and Jun glaze


27 (H) cms

Ref. 21485


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Mid Moon Jar Porcelain with Porthtowan copper ore and Jun glaze


27 (H) cms

Ref. 21486


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Mid Moon Jar Porcelain with Porthtowan copper spoil and Jun glaze


27 (H) cms

Ref. 21487


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Mid Moon Jar Porcelain with Porthtowan copper spoil and Jun glaze


27 (H) cms

Ref. 21488


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Mid Moon Jar Porcelain with Porthtowan copper spoil and reactive glaze


16 (H) cms

Ref. 21490


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Mid Moon Jar Stoneware with Tresowean slip


27 (H) cms

Ref. 21484


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Mini Moon Jar


Porcelain

Ref. 7379


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Mini Moon Jar, Cornish Series


Ref. 17006


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Mini Moon Jar, Cornish Series


Ref. 17007


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Mini Moon Jar, Cornish Series


Ref. 17008


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Mini Moon Jar, Cornish Series


Ref. 17009


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Mini Moon Jar, Cornish Series


Ref. 17010


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Mini Moon Jar, Cornish Series


Ref. 17011


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Mini Moon Jars, Cornish Series


Ref. 17012


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Moon Jar, 2014 Porcelain with Waun Llodi clay detail


28 (H) cms

Ref. 17004


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Porthtowan Jar II, 2014 Porcelain with copper ore from Porthtowan


28 (H) cms

Ref. 16999


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Stoneware with Abereiddi Stone - Nuka Glaze


35 x 36 cms

Ceramic

Ref. 4825


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Tresowen Jar I, 2014 Porcelain with china clay from Tresowen, transparent glaze


27 (H) cms

Ref. 17001


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