Michael and Christine Adcock

"We strive to take beautiful elements of nature and put them into a context where people will take the time to appreciate their perfection."

After working separately in the same studio for several years, Christine and Michael Adcock began to see the rich potential of combining clay and fiber. Working together, this husband-and-wife team creates unique vessels that combine low-fire stoneware, natural fibers, metals, and other media in a harmonious union. Their goal is to create vessels that successfully integrate both artists' chosen media to reveal and enhance the inherent beauty of each.

Michael and Christine Adcock's work integrates each artist's chosen medium—Michael's pottery and Christine's basketry—into an organic whole. Each hand-thrown or slab-built clay vessel is placed in a larger clay jar called a saggar before firing. Various combustible materials, including mineral oxides and salts, are packed into the space between the two vessels. When the piece is fired, the resulting gasses and smoke create the range of tonalities on the clay surface. When the pots are cooled and removed from the kiln, fibers are glued, stitched, inlaid, and woven in.

Michael and Christine have been collaborating for over 20 years, and have never ceased to be inspired by the possibilities of their craft. Their work is published and displayed in galleries, museums, and interior design show rooms through the USA, Canada, Europe, and Japan.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
3-D Mixed Media Award, Sausalito Arts Festival, Sausalito, CA, 2009
Tradition and Innovation in Basketry Today, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC, 2010
Best of Show, Santa Barbara Artwalk, California, 2014
First Place - Mixed Media 3-D, Beverly Hills Affair in the Garden, Beverly Hills, CA, 2013
Best of Show, Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, D.C., 2012
Best of Show, Philadelphia Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA, 2010
Featured in Book, 500 Baskets: A Celebration of the Basketmaker's Art, by Lark Books, 2006