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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 sculpture. Vessel forms are frequently made into small scale narrative sculptures. The form is embellished with hand built figures of reptiles, birds, and botanicals. The 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: 

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 CraftCenter For Craft



AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA 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 ca 1989
Adams ca 1989
Materials: Earthenware
Surface Technique: Acrylic Paint, Glaze
Photo: TMP
Top Hat Frog Bowl
Date: 1989
Dimensions: 0.2 X 8.4
Surface Technique: Acrylic Paint, Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of the American Ceramic Society,  2004.2.338
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of the American Ceramic Society, 2004.2.338

Citation: McGee, Donna. "The Marks Project." Last modified February 11, 2024.