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Nancy Adams, Nancy Y. Adams, Nancy Turriaga Adams

Biography to Display: 




1970- Present potter, ceramic sculptor 

Nancy Adams is known for wheel thrown earthenware teapots, vessels, and sculptureVessel forms are frequently made into small scale narrative sculptures. The form is embellished with hand built figures of reptiles, birds, and botanicalsThe surfaces are sprayed with multiple coats of underglazes and glazes. Adams’ early work is porcelain. 


All motifs and embellishments are inspired by rural surroundings. Nancy Adams says she studied with her “dear friend, Trial-and-Error.” 1 


A sound clip of Nancy Adams recorded on August 17 and 18, 2015 can be found here: 


1 Bower, Barbara. See bibliography. 


Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA), Pomona, California 

Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin 



Bibliography to Display: 

Bower, Barbara, “Nancy Adams: Trial and Error Success.” Ceramics Monthly 37, no. 2 (Feb. 1989). 






Center for Craft This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund Grant from the Center For Craft
AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art American Museum of Ceramic Art


Typical Marks

Last name, Adams, inscribed into raw clay on base of pot, with copyright and year under signature/mark.

Adams c 1989
Adams c 1989
Form: Teapot
Materials: Earthenware
Photo: TMP
Top Hat Frog Bowl
Date: 1989
Form: Bowl

Citation: McGee, Donna. "The Marks Project." Last modified December 28, 2021.