Adam Buick was first inspired by the moon jar during a visit to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London when he was a young student. He was immediately captivated by the creative presence of the Korean dal-hang-a-ri vessels, enhanced for him by the simplicity of their form. He subsequently sought out master moon jar makers in South Korea and spent time with them, learning and refining his making process and techniques.
Since then, Adam has carved out a distinctive language in the field of ceramics. His pieces can be read topographically, as documents of the landscape from which the clay has been sourced. He incorporates stone and locally dug clay when throwing and coiling to fundamentally connect his work to the land, specifically his home country of Wales. By doing so, he poignantly speaks of a wider human condition and how landscapes influence our perception of the world around us.
The individuality and tension between materials in Adam’s work creates not only beautiful glazes but also unexpected elements within the form; the artist's dramatic sculptural interventions on the surface can cause the surrounding area of the vessel to rupture and crack during the firing process. Andrew Renton, of the UK’s National Museum Cardiff, comments that, ‘Within the confines of his spherical ‘canvas’ he also conjures up worlds of spontaneous drama, pots so diverse in their scale and texture, so exquisite in their making, so alive with the Pembrokeshire landscape which they literally embody, that his passionate connection to his environment becomes unmistakable.’
After receiving a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology from Lampeter University in Wales, Adam went on to complete the Craft Council of Ireland Ceramics Design and Skills course in 2006. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Yale Center for British Art, USA; the UK Pavilion at Cheongju Craft Biennale, South Korea; and the National Craft Gallery of Ireland. In 2013, Adam was a winner of the Jerwood Makers Open and received the Ceramic Review Award. The artist has pieces in the public collections of the British Museum, UK; Crafts Council, UK; National Museum Cardiff, UK; Chatsworth House, UK; and Durham’s Oriental Museum, UK.
TL Magazine / TectonicsTL Magazine, February 16, 2019