Adam Gruetzmacher is a studio potter working in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In 2010, he graduated with a bachelors degree in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin to pursue a career as a potter. He spent the following five years at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis where he worked as an employee and a resident artist. During that time he also completed three yearlong fellowships. He has written for and been featured in several articles including Ceramic’s Monthly and Mpls St. Paul magazine. Adam is interested in exploring the intersection of historical hand-making traditions and the aesthetic of utility. He takes pride in making every-day objects that work well and are crafted with care and consideration.
When designing table ware, I like to break the object down into its basic components- body, rim, foot, handle etc.- and figure out what allows each component to best perform it’s given task. From that point I am able to make aesthetic choices, both visual and tactile, in balance with the object’s purpose. My goal is to make a compelling tool that piques the user’s interest, performs the task for which it is called, and is agreeable enough to use every day.