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Adam Aaronson

Adam Aaronson ‘s was captivated since he was a small boy. He used his pocket money to buy a coloured glass vase as a present for his mother. Adam was drawn to clay at school and was intrigued by the ability to create three-dimensional forms. He was also encouraged by his teacher, Gordon Baldwin, the legendary ceramicist.

Influence & Early Life:

Despite his early interest in the arts, Adam planned a more conventional career and graduated from Keele University with a BA Hons in International Relations. After university, while considering his next steps, Adam spent a summer working at his family’s London gallery. During this time he specialised in antique furniture, glass and porcelain. A chance invitation from glass artist Peter Layton, now one of the “Grand Old Men” of British art glass was given to him. He asked him to join one of his first weekend glass courses in 1977. This was Adam’s inspiration, confirming his fascination with glass and cementing the career direction Adam would take.


Aaronson specialises in free blown glass, and experiments with the hugely varied possibilities of the medium. His vessels and sculptures are at once a celebration of the simplicity of pure form. It is also an investigation into the possibilities of layering. His coloured patinas include complex abstract arrangements, drawing on painterly techniques used by the artists Pollock and Miró. A love of nature and landscape akin to the Impressionists also inspired him. Even after more than 20 years, he is still captivated by the fluidity and movement of a mass of molten glass. This medium of hot glass he sees on the end of a blowing iron. It is almost as if it has a life of its own, floating, ever changing. As if it’s a life that requires nurturing and taming. The transition from this amorphous state to the final static form never fails to fascinate him.