Adam Buick is a ceramic artist based in Pembrokeshire on the west coast of Wales. He studied Archaeology and Anthropology at university, going on to the West Wales School of Art and a Crafts Council of Ireland Ceramics Design and Skills Course in Co. Kilkenny. Adam creates wood-fired ceramics based on moon jars, a Korean form from the Choson dynasty (1392-1910) originally made from plain white porcelain. Inspired by the serenity and simplicity of a moon jar brought back from Seoul by Bernard Leach, Adam says, "this pure jar form has become my canvas, into which I incorporate selected sources of local materials such as clays, rocks and seaweeds". Adding these elements of the landscape to his work, often with unexpected results, enables Adam to show how his practice is embedded in his study of the surroundings which fascinate him, at the same time adding dramatic spontaneity to each piece.
Bernard Leach's moon jar dates from the 17th - 18th century. He gave it to Lucie Rie who on her death left it to Janet Leach, from whose estate it was acquired by the British Museum.
One of Adam's pots has been donated to the National Museum in Cardiff.
Adam was presented with the Ceramic Review Award at this year's Ceramic Art London show. The Award recognises "the exceptional, the innovative, the challenging". Adam is one of five makers selected from over two hundred applicants for the Jerwood Makers Open 2013, a unique commissioning opportunity which recognises rising stars. He has made a series of porcelain Veneration Bells and hung them in sea caves around the coast of Pembrokeshire.
Adam has been asked to be part of an exhibition at the Korean Cultural Centre in London from 18 June - 17 August. Marking 130 years of Anglo-Korean relations the exhibition celebrates these ties through the work of four leading UK potters and a Korean artist. The Korean Moon Jar or dal-hang-a-ri has an iconic, almost mythological status. The artists have each been invited to present their work alongside the historic vessel form, re-contextualising it through their individual ceramics practice. The exhibition explores a contemporary response to the Moon Jar and its symbolic position in Britain today.
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