Adam Buick uses the single, pure jar form as a canvas to map his observations of the landscape. By incorporating local stone and clay into his work, he creates an artistic narrative that conveys a truly unique sense of place. Mineral inclusions in the surface of his pots create one-off effects during firing, and this tension between materials reflects the ways that landscapes shape us as individuals.
Adam Buick was born in Newport, Gwent in 1978. He studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Lampeter University before enrolling at the West Wales School of Art, Carmarthen and then undertaking a Crafts Council of Ireland Ceramics Design and Skills Course in 2004. His studio is situated at Llanferran on the north coast of the St. David’s peninsula, Wales. In January 2017, Adam received a Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council, allowing him to undertake creative experimentation and research to inform his future practice. He is a Professional Member of the Craft Potters Association and a Jerwood Prize nominee, and his work is held in Public Collections including Crafts Council UK, Chatsworth House, and the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.
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 human endeavor.