Darrell K. Adams: Spirit of Gainesville nominee

Published: Monday, August 26, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 7:15 p.m.

Upon moving back to Gainesville seven years ago, Darrell built his own wood- fired brick kiln for the high temperature firing that his pottery required. He uses clays obtained from the area and mixes them himself. The glazes are also made from "found" natural materials that complement the nature scenes that he hand draws on the vases. He displays these pieces in the several art shows in and around Gainesville each year and travels back to Cartersville, Ga., each fall for the Roselawn art show.


Darrell K. Adams


Category: Arts

About Darrell K. Adams

Occupation: Potter

Years in Gainesville: 18, then 7 since returning here

Spouse: Kelly Moore

Children: Anna

The larger artists community benefits from classes that he teaches at his shop where artists can have their pieces fired in his kiln from time to time. He teaches classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Murphy, N.C. yearly where others can learn the techniques that have been handed down through several generations of potters.

Children learn appreciation for the art through demonstrations the he does annually at his daughter's school, Littlewood, where he takes a portable wheel so they can see the art of "throwing" pottery. He allows the children to make pieces that can be placed in his kiln for firing. He makes his shop open for tours during the year and at holidays.

Darrell has been active in the Artisans Guild and the Western Kanapaha Farm Association.

This is a full-time, and then some, endeavor for Darrell. He expects his work to continue in this manner into the future.

Nominated by E. Dwight Adams

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