Gallery Artist: tiffany adams
about the artist
Tiffany Adams studio is in Exeter, RI. A native of Los Angeles, California, she studied ceramics at the Universidad de los Andes (ULA) in Merida, Venezuela, then moved to Rhode Island. She furthered her education at Rhode Island College (Fine Arts) and Rhode Island School of Design, along with taking workshops around the country. She built her studio in 2005.
Adams is an elected exhibiting artist member of The Art League of Rhode Island and The Providence Art Club. Her work has been selected in many juried and invitational exhibitions throughout Rhode Island. She has won many awards including 'Best Sculpture Award'.
Adams' artworks have been featured in other exhibition venues including: The Warwick Museum of Art, Attleboro Arts Museum, Newport Art Museum, Deblois Gallery, Newport, RI, Spring Bull Gallery, Newport, RI, Voila Fine Art Gallery, Wickford, RI, Narragansett Art Festival, Wickford Art Festival, Open Studio Pawtucket, Arts Marketplace Pawtucket, West Bay Open Studio, Fine Arts Showcase at the Convention Center in Providence, Artists for Save The Bay in Providence, Artspace in Hartford, CT, The Chazan Gallery in Providence, RI, The Providence Art Club, Coastal Living Gallery, Wickford RI, Studio 460 North Kingstown RI, Just Art Providence RI, Imago Gallery, Warren, RI, The VETS Gallery, Providence RI, Providence Art Club, Jamestown Art Center and Candita Clayton Gallery, Pawtucket,RI.
Her artwork has been published in Art New England Magazine, SO Rhode Island Magazine, Providence Monthly, and in the 2013 edition of American Art Collector. In 2015 she received an artist grant and an artist residency at MASS MoCA through their Assets for Artists program.
My ceramic sculptures are organic in form and inspired by nature. My inspiration is wide ranging and includes my environment, memories of my travels and love of the ocean. I feel drawn to forms found in nature and to nature itself. The found objects I draw my inspiration from are: bones, shells, rocks, coral, seeds, driftwood or fragments of these found treasures. I observe the round and wavy curves and also the jagged sharp edges that influence my work. I contemplate their existence. How long it took to become smooth, weathered, warped, bleached, corroded, crusty or cracked. That is what excites me about the raku finish. I can take a fresh, new piece of clay and give it a look of aged existence. I try to give each of my pieces that same feeling of age, as if the object has been sitting on the bottom of the ocean or buried for some time allowing the viewer to ponder. Some of my work is void of color. It makes one wonder from where this form came; land or water; animal or plant? This body of work is my 'Coral Series'. I use copper blues, metallic, and lithium greens to achieve and mimic the colors I remember while diving through coral reefs. The gestural movement and rhythm of the cylindrical forms seem as if to be growing out of the ocean floor.
All of my sculptures in this series are hand built, one of a kind, and made of stoneware clay. After creating the pieces, I bisque fire in an electric kiln, then glaze, and fire once again in a raku kiln. This is how the crackle surface is achieved. What I enjoy most about this glaze and firing technique is the varying end results. Each piece is unique and can never be duplicated. It is always a thrill to open the kiln and see what awaits. This keeps me motivated and excited to continually experiment with this process.