Breaking Even, 2013

Kelli Rae Adams

Kelli Rae Adams utilizes clay in various states of permanency—sometimes employing additional materials—to create both functional objects and installation-based works that examine prevailing economic systems and probe our relationship to labor, currency, and value. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally in venues such as the David Winton Bell Gallery (Providence, RI), the Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), the Museum of International Ceramic Art (Denmark) and the Contemporary Urban Centre (Liverpool, UK), and she recently completed a residency in the design studios at Vista Alegre in Portugal. Her study of ceramics began in Japan, where she apprenticed over a period of five years with Tetsuro Hatabe, a master potter in the Karatsu tradition. Kelli holds an MFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BA in Visual Arts and Spanish from Duke University and has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design. She is also a certified yoga and meditation teacher and a longtime student of contemplative traditions.