Adero Willard lives as an artist and educator in Western Massachusetts. She received a BFA at Alfred University in 1995 and MFA at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2006. She completed a one year residency at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine. Nationally and internationally, Adero has exhibited work in solo and group galleries, craft shows, and pottery invitationals. Her work has been featured in a number of publications and books on ceramics. Her interest in surface decoration is lifelong and is fueled by a passion for gardening and cooking and a love of textile design, painting, collage.
A passion for color and pattern is what fuels my work as an artist. A love of clay grounds me in my work as a ceramic artist.
Influenced by collage, textiles, and painting, I divide the surface of my clay forms using different patterns and colors in order to enhance visual richness and depth. I use a sgraffito technique for my vine decoration as a illustrative way to create movement creating a flow that may move the viewer around a form.
I hand paint the repeating colorful patterns in my work using wax resist and underglazes when the clay is leather hard to create a more interactive tactile and visual feel of pattern on clay.