Adero Willard


Adero Willard is currently an assistant visiting professor at New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She received a BFA at Alfred University in 1995 and MFA at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2006. She completed a one-year Salad Days residency at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine. Adero has exhibited work nationally and internationally and has been featured in a number of publications and books on ceramics. Since 2014 she is one of the cofounders of Pots on Wheels a nonprofit mobile clay education outreach project.

Artist Statement

A love of clay and a Passion for color and pattern is what fuels my work as a ceramic artist and potter. As a woman of color, the complexities of historic and contemporary visual language are intrinsically woven into ornate and colorful surfaces woven of stylized and abstracted shapes. This language provides me with endless possibilities, through the clay form and surface, to express concepts of identity, history, materiality, and design. Working with clay is as much a desire to create, as it is a commitment to nurturing a love of the arts and of the handmade in myself and others.

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