Adam Gruetzmacher

Minnesota
Ceramic Artist
​Active since 2006

I am interested in exploring concepts of utility through the creation of functional pottery. The idea of experiential aesthetics serves as the basis on which I evaluate my practice. The amount of use that an object gets can be determined by the fulfillment we gain through using it. A tool that does not perform well, aesthetically please the user, or create a meaningful experience is easily forgotten or ignored. With these principles in mind, I use the process of self-editing in order to clarify my ideas and better define my values as a maker. A tool is only as good as it works, and can only be improved upon- aesthetically or otherwise- thereafter. As such I try to reference forms that are distilled and visually objective, aspiring to place the work closer to its root as a functioning tool. I embellish the surface of my work minimally with the goal of emphasizing the object’s architecture, facilitating an unobtrusive relationship with the space around it. This work represents my concepts and questions having to do with utility and tradition, understood through the process of design, and realized though the medium of pottery.

Bio
Adam is a studio potter working in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In 2010 he graduated with a bachelors degree in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin to pursue a career as a potter. He spent the following five years at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis where he worked as an employee and a resident artist. During that time he also completed three yearlong fellowships. He has written for and been featured in several articles including Ceramic’s Monthly and Mpls St. Paul magazine. Adam is interested in exploring the intersection of historical hand-making traditions and the aesthetic of utility. He takes pride in making every-day objects that work well and are crafted with care and consideration.

Education
Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin-Stout, 2010
Emphasis: Studio Ceramics, Minor: Digital Photography

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