Ted Adler

Artist’s Statement
Clay is interesting to me as both a material and a metaphor. When making, I look to engage a sense of “made-ness” through the plasticity of the material and the sensuous, fluid volumes of the vessel. It is my hope that a viewer can appreciate the beauty of imperfection and see how these vessels are much like ourselves: full of complexity and surprises that, over time, reveal a depth and strength of character.

Ted Adler is an artist and potter, primarily working with woodfired ceramics. He has exhibited work in more than 125 exhibitions throughout the US and abroad, including a solo exhibition at Greenwich House Pottery’s Jane Hartsook Gallery in New York City. An Associate Professor of Art and Area Head of Ceramics Media at Wichita State University, Adler received his BA from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR in 1993 and his MFA from Ohio University in Athens, OH in 2002. He also studied with renowned artist Toshiko Takaezu, with whom he apprenticed for more than a year in her Quakertown, NJ studio. He recently completed an artist-in-residence at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota as a 2019 recipient of a McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists. Adler has lectured and demonstrated at numerous ceramic centers and universities across the nation, including the Archie Bray Foundation, Red Lodge Clay Center, Arrowmont School of Crafts, and the Anderson Ranch Art Center.