Adero Willard

Artist Statement

The exploration of decorated surfaces is a unifying element in my work over the years. My fascination with fabric, which goes back as far as I can remember, has provided me continual inspiration for the placement of pattern and color combinations on clay. I create ornate surface decoration by layering and revealing colored and textured surfaces, primarily using underglazes. Dividing the overall form into multiple decoration approaches adds to a sense of movement and creates an illusion of depth. I often create a vine decoration using sgraffito that weaves under and over a design, in order to connect and dissect space. I hand-paint wax resist patterns on clay in as many as five layers in order to play with ideas of camouflage, reveal, veil, display, drape, and the like.

Artist Bio

Adero Willard is a studio potter in Western Massachusetts and professor of ceramics at Holyoke Community College. Adero received a Bachelors in Fine Art at Alfred University in 1995 and Masters of Fine Arts at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2006. She completed a Salad Days residency from 2007- 2008 at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. She has shown in a number of galleries nationally, and her work is featured in a number of publications and books on ceramics. Adero’s interest in surface decoration is lifelong, and is fueled by a passion for textile design, painting, and collage.