Adam Chau ( He/Him )

Artist Statement

With a background in both craft and design, I infuse emotionally intelligent methodologies into the heart of computer-controlled environments. By mixing intuitive analog craft techniques with the precision of digital manufacturing and Artificial Intelligence, I delve into the intersection of tradition and innovation. The objects I create are never solely hand-made or machine-made as my computer is often right beside my potter's wheel and I naturally oscillate between the digital world and physical one. As an Asian American artist, my concepts revolve around the rich history of blue-and-white porcelain aesthetics, deeply rooted in Asian culture. Fueled by a desire to bridge the past with the future, I try to breathe new life into this medium to ensure that tradition evolves rather than fades. Also drawing inspiration from the ubiquitous selfie culture on social media and dating apps, I explore the nuances of contemporary self-portraiture as well as queer culture. In the pursuit of cultural commentary, my work serves as an example of when heritage meets the digital frontier. -- Adam Chau


Adam Chau is an artist working in Connecticut and New York. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, his research looks into hybridizing digital manufacturing with traditional studio techniques. In 2018 he received the NCECA Emerging Artist Award and in 2019 became a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. Solo exhibitions include Harvard Ceramics, Manchester Craftsman’s Guild, Northern Clay Center and The Clay Studio. He has worked on projects internationally, including The Netherlands, Italy, Taiwan, and China.