Friday, January 20, 2017

MF Shop // Artist Feature: Adam J. Waddell

If you've ever meandered through the MF Shop or even the local Pittsburgh art scene, then you'll probably recognize Adam Waddell's work of AJW Creations. Adam's pieces include unique handmade items such as home decor, ceramic housewares, sculptures, and jewelry. The MF Shop has carried pieces from AJW Creations since the Spring of 2014, and this month we're happy to announce that he's our featured artist!

Born in Beaver, Pa, but raised in Corry, Pa, Adam cultivated a passion for art through the influence of his mother and grandmother. Currently, the artist maintains his practice through pottery, sculpture, industrial designs, and glass blowingWe were delighted to have Adam join us in conversation about his work.
Q. What are your biggest inspirations for your current body of work?
A. I think my main inspiration is found in simple form with simple design. 

Q: Were you a big 'maker' as a kid? If so what did you make?
A: As a kid I was always making things. I grew up in the country so a big part of my childhood was spent playing in the woods. I would make little clay pots and carve walking sticks and such. 

Q: If you could make artwork on a grand scale, as in physically large - what would you create and where would it live?
A: It would be really fun to make giant human forms in the ocean. Something you could climb up and scuba dive under? I would also like to spend some time in Scotland by the coast. Something about the cold rough ocean attracts me, or Maine will do. 

Q: What does an average day look like in your studio?
A: Average day in my studio looks like organized chaos. Between making jewelry, pottery, packaging it can be alittle challenging. I work from a home studio which means I work out of two spare rooms but I like to start with a clean studio. 

Q: What has been your favorite Mattress Factory Installation?
A: My favorite Mattress Factory Installation is the Yayoi Kusama infinity dots. I love sitting in there. 

To see more of Adam's work for yourself, visit the MF Shop! Admission is NOT required to shop!