Welcome to Brendan Adams Design and badams Front Room Gallery Website

I will be updating this website regulary with news of what exhibition are on in our Front Room and new pieces Brendan has got out of the kiln.
Click here if you would like to go to the old website where photo’s of our previous work will be kept as an archive.

Melissa McMahon

Melissa is currently sharing space in our studio. Brendan got to know Melissa when he was teaching up at Unitec. For more info click here.

Kiwis in Gulgong

Brendan was lucky to be part of a team of six New Zealand potters who were invited to be special guest artists at the Clay Gulgong conference this year.

Suitcase Show

Trophies in the Suitcase show

Brendan’s contribution to the suitcase show that was on in Gulgong and now in the Mansfield Gallery in Sydney. For more info click here.

52 Teapot Project

Brendan has set himself a challenge to make one teapot a week, with the idea of having an exhibition in November for them. You can check out here the progress he is making.

Exhibition of New Work by Frank Checketts



You are welcome to come to the opening of Franks exhibition on
Saturday 25th June from 2-5pm

The exhibition runs til 3rd July
Open hours are
10am to 5pm
Wednesday to Sunday

Frank Checketts Exhibition in our Front Room Gallery

Come to the opening of our next exhibition which will be on Saturday 25th June 2-5pm.Frank Checketts is currently busy making some of his spectular wheel forms and crosses along with small items for his show in our gallery. These wheel forms have previously been selected for the Portage Shows and they have been attracting lots of attention.Frank is presently The Wallace Arts Trust artist in residence at Auckland Studio Potters, a position he won at the annual Fire and Clay Exhibition at Pah Homestead."I like to work with white raku or recycled clay and my best tool is a wire cutter to make slabs of clay. I specialise in using cut and textured slabs of clay and fire in an electric kiln at 1200 deg Celsius."Frank is currently the vice president at the Auckland Studio Potters.

To see more photos of work in the exhibition click here

Melissa McMahon

Directly inspired by the nebulous space between manufacture of crafted objects and studio craft practice, Melissa McMahon’s objects are often influenced by fragments of emotions and experiences. The contents of her grandmother’s china cabinet created childhood memories of Jasperware and luster and it was these mass produced objects which led her to ceramics. She uses clay to process these fragments and memories into contemporary pieces which allow her to explore and promote notions of craft.After many years spent working in the fashion industry, fate and serendipity aligned, allowing her to complete a degree in Contemporary Craft at Unitec. Melissa’s work has been selected as Boards Choice in the Eden Arts Art Schools award at The Gus Fisher Gallery in 2015, and was recognized with a Highly Commended Award in the ECC Student Craft and Design Awards at The Dowse the same year.Since graduating, her work has been included in two group shows at The Vivian Gallery in Matakana, with a significant number of pieces now included in private collections. Currently she is being mentored by Brendan Adams working from his studio.

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