Art Education & Qualifications: Ceramics and Art O Levels, Apprenticeship in Topaz Ceramics, Stoke on Trent
Working medium: Unique Stoneware
Adrian left school with O levels in Ceramics and Art in 1981 after which he secured an apprenticeship in Topaz Ceramics, Stoke on Trent. Adrian’s primary role was throwing pots but he was also trained in all other aspects of ceramic production. After 4 years he set up on his own at Cotwall End Craft Centre where he worked for many years producing hand thrown ceramics. Eventually Adrian started to make rudimentary sculpture by assembling thrown pots; this led to his passion for sculpture. Adrian has sold his sculptures in exhibitions throughout the country and now works from his studio at home which is in Dudley, the Black Country.
Stoneware Dog Sculpture
Adrian has most recently been inspired to work on Unique Stoneware Dog Sculpture. He creates the dogs in a wide variety of breeds including the Jack Russell, Great Dane, Golden Labrador, Dalmatian, Whippet and the British Bulldog. Adrian is also very happy to recreate further breeds and private commissions of personal pets.
‘I try to capture the essence of the animal spending a long time observing, photographing and sketching the animal before I start to sculpt it. I am a regular at my local safari park (West Midlands Safari Park) where I take hundreds of photographs of each animal I intend to sculpt. I am fascinated by muscle structure and how the skin folds with movement which I try to capture in my work.’