Potter Adam Frew is based near the north coast of Northern Ireland. His expressive ceramics are inspired by cooking and eating, and coastal and rural landscapes.
The work I make loosely falls into two main areas, functional pots and large pots. I enjoy the rhythm of making functional pots, working quickly in order to create small batches. It’s satisfying you see the shelves filling up with pots ready to fire. And the end desire is that people will want them for everyday use in their homes.
The larger pots are a different way of making. More challenging, I make these pots in 2 or 3 sections, which is therefore more risky. I like the process of throwing the sections, joining them and then throwing more. It also provides me with a large surface area to make bold and expressive marks.
My mark and pattern making is constantly evolving, I enjoy experimenting with different techniques, from scratching through slip to, currently, masking off areas. It’s these new techniques that make opening the fired kiln at the end really exciting.
While studying at the Belfast Art College, Adam Frew spent time at the historic Winchcombe Pottery, and a year working for Judy Makela on the Finnish Island Aland. Upon graduating, he undertook a 2 year apprenticeship with Lisa Hammond at her Greenwich based pottery and it was there that he gained the experience and confidence to set out on his own. A successful application to Craft NI’s business start-up programme, ‘Making It’, placed him at the Flowerfield Arts Centre on the north coast of Ireland, where he continues to work from today.
Adam has received much attention for his expressive, well-crafted pots. He was most recently invited to exhibit and demonstrate at the Mungyeong International Ceramics Festival in South Korea. His work is in several major collections, including the Mungyeong Ceramic Museum, the University of Ulster and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Adam is a regular stockist in The Harley Shop and had a previous solo exhibition and residency at The Harley Gallery in 2013, titled ‘Drawing and Pots’.