After leaving school in 1981, Adrian Guest secured an
apprenticeship at Topaz Ceramics in Stoke on Trent, where his primary role was
throwing pots, but he also gained experience in all aspects of ceramic
In 1985 Adrian set up his
own business at Cotwall End Craft Centre producing hand-thrown ceramic pieces
for many years, before eventually starting to make simple sculpture by
assembling thrown pots.
Adrian Guest now
concentrates purely on producing individual animal sculpture, working from his
home studio in the West Midlands, selling in exhibitions and galleries throughout the
Each sculpture starts from a number of thrown pots
made on the potter’s wheel which are left to go leather-hard.
They are then cut and assembled to get the
rough shape of the animal’s
Clay is then added to give the
final shape and character to the animal, with oxides, raw materials, clay slips
and the sculptor’s own glazes applied to give each piece its own unique finish.
Artist statement - I try to capture the essence of the
animal, spending a long time observing, photographing and sketching the animal
before I start to sculpt it.
I am a
regular visitor to the West Midland Safari Park where I take hundreds of
photographs of each animal I intend to sculpt.
I am fascinated by muscle structure and how the skin folds with
movement, and always strive to convey this in my work.