Adam’s fascination with glass started when as a small boy he used his pocket money to buy a coloured glass vase as a present for his mother. Later, at school, he was drawn to clay, captivated by the ability to create three-dimensional forms and encouraged by his teacher, Gordon Baldwin, the legendary ceramicist.
Despite his early interest in the arts, Adam initially 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 whiled away a summer working at his family’s London gallery, which 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, to join one of his first weekend glass courses in 1977 proved the catalyst, confirming his fascination with glass and cementing the career direction Adam would take.
He specialises in free blown glass, and his work experiments with the hugely varied possibilities of the medium. His vessels and sculptures are at once a celebration of the simplicity of pure form, and 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, but also inspired by a love of nature and landscape akin to the Impressionists. Even after more than 20 years, he is still captivated by the fluidity and movement of a mass of molten glass – the 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, a life that requires nurturing and taming. The transition from this amorphous state to the final static form never fails to fascinate him.