Growing up on a farm in a small Indiana town influenced Adam Egenolf’s outlook on many things in life, including his clay ceramic creations.
“A thought that everything is made to be used for a specific reason has been planted in me,” the Nineveh artisan says. “When the time is taken to create something, there must be a purpose for that object and a set process to make it correctly. These ideals drive my motivation for creation.”
Working in clay for 22 years, Adam got his start in the medium by taking an elective course at the University of Southern Indiana.
“This is where I first learned about the process of crystalline,” he explains. “I then researched and tested the process until I got the results I was content with. The crystalline glazing process is a constant learning process and I will always be researching new glazes and techniques to use.”
Adam creates functional and decorative crystalline glazed ceramics, from hand-thrown ceramic mugs, large platters, trays and vases to Christmas ornaments shaped into states, crosses, leaves, butterflies, snowflakes, and more.
Adam says this constant learning process led him to earn a bachelor’s degree in studio art from University of Southern Indiana and a masters of fine art degree in ceramics from East Carolina University.
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