John Adams (1882 – 1953) British Ceramicist and Designer

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'Springbok' A pair of Poole Pottery Bookends designed by John Adams, 1926
‘Springbok’ A pair of Poole Pottery Bookends designed by John Adams, 1926

British Ceramicist

John Adams (1882 – 1953) was a British ceramicist and Designer. He was professionally active in London, Durban, Poole, Dorset (England). He was the husband of Gertrude Sharpe.

Education

He studied at the Hanley School of art and in 1908, the Royal College of Art, London.

Biography

He spent his early years in stock on Trent. From 1895 to 1902, he worked in the studio of Bernard Moore, which specialised in producing plain and painted ceramics with effects through reduction–fired glazes. He married the fellow student Gertrude Sharpe at the Royal College of Art. Between 1912 and 1914, he was the head of the school of art at Durban Technical College. Between 1921 and 1950 (with Cyril Carter and Harold Stabler), he set up Carter, Stabler and Adams. It was here that Adams designed almost all the shapes for its decorative and domestic ware, including the 1936 Streamline Table where. He experimented with and produced high temperature, crackle–finish, and other glazes.

A Poole Pottery Everest Vase Designed by John Adams, c. 1930
A Poole Pottery Everest Vase Designed by John Adams, c. 1930

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

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