Kelli Rae Adams

Kelli Rae Adams utilizes clay in various states of permanency—often alongside additional materials—to create installation-based works that examine prevailing economic systems and probe our existing relationships to labor, currency and value. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally at venues such as the the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design (Washington, DC), the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University (Providence, RI), the Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY) and the Museum of International Ceramic Art (Denmark). She has been a fellow at the Halcyon Arts Lab in Washington, DC and an artist-in-residence at Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark and Vista Alegre in Portugal. In 2019, she served as a Cultural Envoy for the U.S. Department of State, traveling to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to teach at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes and to jury the XVIII Central American Sculpture and Ceramics Biennial. Her study of ceramics began in Japan, where she apprenticed over a period of five years with Tetsuro Hatabe, a master potter in the Karatsu tradition. Kelli holds an MFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BA in Visual Arts and Spanish from Duke University, and she has served as faculty at RISD.


2020 Labor



Washington, DC USA