Adrian King, Portland, Maine
Although quiet, Adrian King’s hyper-functional pottery begs to be used. The handle on the pitcher and the knob on the jar’s lid fit comfortably in the hand and aid in both their physical and visual function. His controlled forms have simple curves and strong lines that draw the user’s eye around the pieces. The beauty of King’s work lies in the details—like the way that the raised lines on a pitcher flow into the attachment points of the handle, or how the horizontal lines on the jar create areas for gestural slip decoration—and the vessels’ clear functionality. Although the forms are controlled, King loosens up when it comes to his slip and glaze application as well as his choice to fire the work in an atmospheric kiln, where the flame and additional sodium leave their own marks and add to the identity of the work.