Adero Willard is currently a visiting professor at New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. 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 Salad Days residency at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine. Adero has exhibited work nationally and internationally and has been featured in a number of publications and books on ceramics. Since 2014 she is one of the cofounders of Pots on Wheels a nonprofit mobile clay education outreach project.
A unifying thread in my work is the exploration of pattern as ordered chaos on my surfaces, constructing layer upon layer of colorful spinning circles, flipping flowers, meandering vines, industrial grids, and geometric planes.
Red clay as the skin of the pot provides my work with a richness to each of the layers of wax engobe, and underglaze and connects me to histories from around the world. Pattern on red clay is a vehicle for a personal exploration of identity, history, and materiality. Sharing this love for clay both as an artist and educator allows me to nurture a love of the arts and of the handmade in myself and others.