Adam Silverman

This is definitely the gambler's art. I have a lot of control, and I relinquish a lot of control, which I like. ”

Known for his sculptural vessels and richly textured glazes, Adam Silverman is among the most dynamic practitioners dedicated to ceramics today. Silverman brings an architect’s sense of structure to his objects and utilizes personal and sophisticated techniques to glaze and fire his works.

Silverman was born in 1963 in New York, NY and received a Bachelor of Fine Art and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1987 and 1988. He served as the Los Angeles studio director of Heath Ceramics for five years between 2009 and 2014.

In 2008, he collaborated with architect Nader Tehrani and conceived Boolean Valley, an installation comprised of 400 clay objects with various versions at MOCA Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX, and San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA.  In late 2019, the artist started Common Ground, an ongoing project in which he brings together clay, water, and wood ash from each of the 56 states and territories of the US. By mixing these materials together, he erases the arbitrary borders of statehood, to create a single new material which will be used to make the project. Common Ground reflects on the divisiveness of the current state of the country, while also celebrating the commonality and universality of the shared American experience.

Silverman’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX; Palm Springs Art Museum, CA; Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI; and the Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.

He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

 

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Untitled, 2021

Charcoal and pencil on paper
105 x 48 inches
266.7 x 121.9 cm
FB34613

Untitled, 2022

Stoneware
12 x 17.5 x 17.5 inches
30.5 x 44.5 x 44.5 cm
FB34622

Tide Jar, 2019

Stoneware
15 x 15 x 11 inches
38.1 x 38.1 x 27.9 cm
Signed and dated on underside: AS 2019
FB29391

Tide Jar, 2019

Stoneware
18.5 x 10 x 12 inches
47 x 25.4 x 30.5 cm
Signed and dated on underside: AS 2019 K4B
FB29142

Untitled, 2018

Stoneware
18 x 11 x 11 inches
45.7 x 27.9 x 27.9 cm
Signed and dated on underside: AS 2018
FB27837

Untitled, 2018

Stoneware
20 x 16 x 12 inches
50.8 x 40.6 x 30.5 cm
Signed and dated on underside: AS_RI 2018
FB26836

Untitled, 2018

Stoneware
21 x 12 x 12 inches
53.3 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm
Signed and dated on underside: AS 2018
FB27838

Untitled, 2017

Stoneware
19.5 x 10.5 x 10.5 inches
49.5 x 26.7 x 26.7 cm
Signed and dated on underside: AS 2017
FB27531

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