Yuba College Ceramics professor Stephanie Adams is a talented individual who enjoys the art of ceramics. Not only does Adams teach ceramics, she also owns a small company in which she shares her dainty artwork with the rest of the world.
As a shy high school student, Adams found solace in the clay room. From high school through college, Adams continued to sculpt her creations with a passion. Over the years, she established her own sense of style, consisting of unique, complex or simplistic patterns on cups, bowls and mugs—which are her more common projects to create.
Although these projects favorite, she says, “I definitely improvise at times, making new pots such as sake sets, vases and lidded containers…whatever sparks my interest. If I’m feeling uncreative I stick to what I know, and if I’m feeling inspired I try something new!”
Adams’ passion for Ceramics has led to establishing her own small company in 2010, Pickle Pottery. The beginning of the small business occurred at a craft fair in Nevada City, CA. Her creations required a business name where Adams intuitively wrote down “pickle pottery,” named after her dog, Pickle. The catchy name stuck as she continued to participate in craft fairs; thereafter, recognition arose for Adams as little shops, as well as Urban Outfitters, wished to collaborate. She says, “I am very proud to have a successful little pottery business. I started out as a ceramic sculptor and in 2005, I began making pottery at the Mendocino Art Center. I realized I loved the process and have worked very hard to come up with my own personal style of pottery.”
Pickle Pottery can be found on Instagram, Etsy, picklepottery.com, various shops all over the United States and Urban Outfitters.
Adams also shares her experience at Yuba College, “I love teaching at Yuba College! The students are so fun and creative. I love seeing what they come up with for their projects. They are all so talented in their own unique way. It’s so great to teach an art form that allows so much individuality.”
The multifaceted Stephanie Adams asserts her aspirations to continue teaching and running her business. She shares, “I hope to continue to be successful as a professor and small business owner.”
This story can be found in the Summer 2016 issue of The Prospector.