Nancy Y. Adams

"I want to celebrate all the wonderful living things on earth. "

Nancy Y. Adams has spent her artistic career perfecting her skills and paying homage to what is most sacred to her—the natural environment. She has always loved nature and is fascinated by the diverse plants and animals of our world. She also draws inspiration from Greco-Roman, Egyptian, and Native American storytelling and mythology.

Adams prefers the quiet atmosphere of working alone in her Oregon studio. She individually throws each of her white earthenware pieces and carves motifs including a variety of flora and fauna. Finally, she airbrushes low-fire glazes and underglazes onto the pieces in multiple coats before they are kiln fired.

Pursuing an education in classical literature inadvertently led Adams to a ceramics class during her first year of college—but she always knew she was interested in the art of making things. Today, she practices a simple, disciplined life balancing art making with time spent riding her horses and exploring the beauty of nature.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Hitachi Data Systems Teapot Show, invitational, Santa Clara, California, 1997-1998
Hot Tea, invitational Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, California, 2004--8, 2013-2015
American Craft Council, Ft Mason, San Francisco, California, 1983-2018
American Craft Council, Baltimore, Maryland, 1987-2001
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1990-1995, 2001
American Craft Exposition, Evanston, Illinois, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2000-2
Crafts at the Castle, Boston, Massachusetts, 1996-1999
Contemporary Teapots of SOFA Ferrin GalleryA Miami, Miami, Florida, 1996
Celestial Seasonings, A loose Interpretation, invitational Teapot Exhibit, Boulder, Colorado, 1996
Beast: Wild Animals in RAM's Collection, Racine Art Museum, Racine Wisconsin, Feb. 18-June 10, 2018