Nancy Yturriaga Adams

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Nancy Yturriaga Adams

Nancy Yturriaga Adams is a renowned clay artist whose ceramic vessels are intricately designed with lifelike creatures and flora in natural colors. Art Presence Art Center was honored to admit her as a member in early 2018.

portrait of Nancy Yturriaga Adams, riding her horse on her Applegate Valley, Oregon ranch

Artist Statement

Pursuing an education in classical literature inadvertently led me to a ceramics class my first year of college but the truth is that I knew I was interested in the art of the making of things from the time I was a child. I always loved nature and all kinds of animals and plants. All I ever wanted to do was to saddle up my horse and ride out into the forest and watch the sky, the colors and have many adventures along the way. Today I still practice a simple, disciplined life balancing riding my horses on the ranch and on into the National Forest with hours in my studio.

People often ask me, Where do you get your ideas?! I smile to myself for I know well that the Muse comes quietly for those who wait in a disciplined way. Influenced as I am by Greco-Roman and Egyptian mythologies I find the Native American interpretation of life thru totem plants and animals to be the most comfortable. I so enjoy the studio life where the making shifts into a meditation offering relief from everyday cares and worries. I also value the many friendships I’ve made along the way and find that gratitude is essential for a happy, productive life.

Outside the Art Presence Art Center gallery, Nancy’s most recent exhibit is at the Racine Art Museum in Racine, Wisconsin  “Beasts:  Wild Animals in RAM’s Collection” Feb. 18-June 10, 2018. The museum’s director just confirmed that several of her pieces will be included in their permanent collection.  Her next showing here in Oregon will be at the Oregon Potters Association SHOWCASE at the Oregon Convention Center on April 27, 29, 29, 2018. www.oregonpotters.org

Nancy’s magnificent work speaks for itself, and the list of galleries and museums where her work has been shown tells the story of her recognition as a master ceramic artist.:

Selected Museum Shows

2018 “Beasts: Wild Animals in RAM’s Collection” February 18-June 10, 2018 Racine Art Museum Racine, Wisconsin
2007 “Teapots: From Craft to Art” Invitational Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, Oregon
2005 “Particles and Passion: The Art of Clay”, invitational, Academy Art Museum, Easton, Maryland
“For the Love of Flowers”, invitational, Kentucky Museum of Arts and Design, Louisville, Kentucky
2004 “Bottled Spirits”, invitational, Kentucky Museum of Arts and Design, Louisville, Kentucky
2003 “Planting, Potting and Pruning: Artists and the Cultivated Landscape” invitational, Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI.
“Ohio Arts and Crafts: Tradition and Legacy” invitational, Ohio Crafts Museum, Columbus, Ohio
“Great Pots! Contemporary Ceramics, From Function to Fantasy” from the museum permanent collection, Newark Museum of Art, Newark, New Jersey.
2001 Once Upon A Time: Artists Examine Fairy Tales, Legends and Myth, invitational, Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI
1997 98 “L’Chaim: A Kiddush Cup Invitational, ” San Francisco Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA (catalogue available)
“Lake Michigan: From Placid Pool to Raging Flood,” invitational, Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI
1995 “A Madcap Teapot Party at the Renwick, ” invitational, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC
“Let’s Play House: Artists and the Domestic Environment,” invitational, Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI
1994 “Masters of Contemporary Ceramics, ” Private Collection Showing, Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ
1987-88 “27th Ceramic National Exhibition Now”, April June 1987, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY. An international traveling exhibition.

Selected Exhibitions

2018 Wood Symphony Three Shows: “Hot Tea!” June 8-24, “1st Annual Box Show” August 7-31. “Small Treasures” October 5-21.
2013-2015 “Hot Tea” Del Mano Gallery , Los Angles, California www.delmano.com
2014 Cedar Creek Gallery National teapot Show 1X Invitational, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, North Carolina
2013 “Teapots 7” Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, invitational, Pittsburg, PA.
2012 “Small Treasures”, invitational, Jacobs Gallery, Eugene, Oregon
2010 “Teapots”,invitational,Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburg, PA.
2008 “Hot Tea, 2008”, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angles, CA.
2007 “Hot Tea, 2007”, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angles, CA.
2006 “Craftforms 2006, 12th Annual International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA.
“Teapots: Universal Adoration” invitational, Pewabic Pottery Main Galleries, Detroit, Michigan
“Man Hatter’s Tea”, Oregon Potter’s Association, Skutt Ceramic Products Building, Portland, Oregon
2005 “Hot Tea! 2005 ”, invitational, del Mano Gallery, Los Angles, CA.
2004 “Tea and Fantasy”, invitational, Alianza Gallery, Boston, MA.
“Hot Tea”, invitational, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angles, CA
1997-98 “Hitachi Data Systems Tea Show”, invitational private corporate exhibit, Hitachi Corp. Headquarters, Santa Clara, CA
1996 “Celestial Seasonings, A Loose Interpretation,” Invitational Teapot Exhibit, Boulder, CO
“Contemporary Teapots at SOFA Miami,” an invitational, presented by the Ferrin Gallery, Miami, FL
1993 “Chicago New Art Forms, Chicago Navy Pier, Ferrin Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Tea Party”, Ferrin Gallery, Northampton, MA
1987 “Tea for 200” Incorporated Gallery, New York, NY
1985 “Teapots”, the Stanford M. Besser Collection of Contemporary Teapots, Arkansas Art Center, Decorative Arts Museum
“Teapot Exhibit: From Craft to Art” Oakland Museum Collectors Gallery, Oakland, CA.
1981 Richmond Designer & Craftsman Show, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA.

Craft Shows

Scottsdale Arts Festival, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2015
Oregon Potters Association, “Showcase”, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon, 2004-18
Salem Arts Festival, Salem, Oregon, 2011-2012
Association of Clay and Glass Artists, Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA., 2000-2010, 2013-2018
Local Clay, Annual Show, Eugene, OR., 2002-2018
Clayfolk, Annual Show, Medford Armory, Medford, OR., 2003-2018
Bellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair, Bellevue, Washington, 2007-2010
Contemporary Crafts Market, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA. 2006-2012
American Craft Exposition, Evanston, IL, 1994, 1996, 1997,2000-2
Art in the Pearl, Portland, Oregon, 2002-4, 2008, 2010,2012, 2016
Crafts at the Castle, Boston, MA, 1996,1999
Philadelphia Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA, 1990 – 1995,2001
Washington Craft Show, Smithsonian, Washington, DC, 1990
Winter Craft Market, Baltimore, 1987 – 2001
American Craft Council, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA, 1981, 1983-2018
Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito, CA, 1978 1982, 1986, 1989 1994, 1996 2000
Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, Old Mill Park, Mill Valley, CA, 1979 1994, 1997
Renaissance Pleasure Faire, Marin County, CA 1970-1972

Selected Awards/Commissions/Honors

2007 Curator, Grants Pass Museum of Art, Teapots, From Craft to Art
2006 Portland Arts Festival, Sculpture Award
2003 Best of Show, Clayfest, Eugene, Oregon
2002 Juror, by invitation, American Craft Exposition, Evanston, IL.
2003 Best of Show, Art in the Pearl,2003, Portland, Oregon
1999 Sausalito Art Festival, Best in Ceramics, Cash Award
1998 Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, Sculptural Ceramics, Cash Award
1997 Juror, by invitation, Sausalito Art Festival
1996 Blue Ribbon in Ceramics, Sausalito Art Festival, Cash Award
1993 Elected media juror for Ceramics, American Craft Enterprises
1994 Benefactors Gift, “Woodland Votive” a limited special edition, commissioned by the Women’s Committee for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

1992 Juror, by invitation, for the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival
1992 Invitation to the White House, Washington, DC, to contribute a piece to the permanent collection

1992 NICHE Award
1991 Smith & Hawken Award of Excellence, Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival
1991 Tuttleman Award of Excellence in Ceramics, Philadelphia Craft Show
1990 Individual Grant for Excellence in Crafts, Marin Arts Council
1990 Juror, by invitation, for the Sausalito Arts Festival
1990 Best of Show, Sausalito Art Festival, Cash Award
1989 Best of Show, Sausalito Art Festival, Cash Award

Public & Private Collections

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California,
Newark Museum of Art, Ceramic Collection, Newark, NJ
Saks Fifth Avenue, Private Corporate Collection, Chicago and Denver
Corporate Teapot Collection of Celestial Seasonings, Inc., “Tension Tamer Tea,” Boulder, CO
The Stanford M Besser Collection, Arkansas
Private collection of Fleur Bresler, Rockville, MD
Mike & Carol Mendelson, Washington Depot, CT
Mr. & Mrs. Sheldon Margolis
Ms. Jane Korman
Mr. & Mrs. Norman Cohn
Mrs. Robert McNeil, Jr.
Ms Jennifer Taggart
Mr. Takeo Yamaki Diibiru

Selected Media

Ceramics Today, Schiffer Publishing, Atglen, PA.. 2009
Association of Clay and Glass Artists,2011
Grants Pass Daily Courier, Video/www.thedailycourier.com, February4, 2010
Distinctly Northwest, Sophisticated Living, Signature Style, Renowned Artist travel The Applegate Trail 2007
500 Teapots, Lark Books, 2002
Santa Rosa Press Democrat, “Spinning on Nature’s Intuition,” interview by Andrew Jowers, January 3, 1996
American Craft Magazine, “Portfolio,” August September, 1989
Ceramics Monthly, “Trial & Error Success,” February 1989

Professional Affiliations

Association of California Clay and Glass Artists (Emeritus member/25 plus years)
Oregon Potters Association
American Craft Council, exhibiting member
Local Clay, Eugene, Oregon
Clayfolk, Medford, Oregon

Contact Information:

Sweetwater Ranch

Email: nancyyturriaga@gmail.com
6909 Thompson Creek Road

Website: www.nancyadams.net
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