Adam Aaronson

Adam Aaronson

Adam is inspired by the ceaseless mutability of light on the landscape, the sky and on water. "I am fascinated by horizons, the vanishing point where the land merges with the sky. Glass is the ideal medium to express this idea of continual change since its properties are inherently mutable, not only in its molten state but also in the way the play of light creates endless nuances in the finished piece".

Adam has been at the heart of British studio glass for more than 25 years, firstly as a gallerist and subsequently as an artist in his own right, learning glass later in his career and developing self-taught methods. He specialises in free blown glass. His vessels and sculptures are at once a celebration of the simplicity of pure form, and also an investigation into layering. Adam's coloured patinas draw on painterly techniques but are predominately inspired by a love of natural landscapes and waterscapes.

The craft-and-design-magazine award winner for 2017

An Interview with Adam

What do you love about your job?

The unpredictable 

How do you think the UK has influenced the design world?

Enormously, because our design education system is the best in the world

What inspires you?

Light on water 

Do you have any trend or predictions for next 6-12 months (in your field)?

Small is beautiful 

Who do you enjoy working with?

Enthusiastic, dynamic people from whom I can always learn 

Adam Aaronson layering the textures and colours

Any unusual hobbies/leisure activities?

Isn’t being a “lunatic glassblower” unusual enough?  

Best advice given to you?

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again. 

Who do you admire (it can be anyone in any field)?

My wonderful partner, Sue 

Bragging rights to..?

Surviving as a maker in a world of mass-production where a generation is growing up thinking that a vase is something you get from IKEA for £10 

Adam Aaronson art

How did you get into your field of work?

By accident 

Were you artistic from a young age?


What/who got you started?

Gordon Baldwin – an extraordinary teacher who drew my attention to John Cage’s statement “A failure is merely the inability to adjust from a preconception to reality”

 What’s the idea behind your work?

I’m fascinated by the natural world which is a constant and inexhaustible source of inspiration 

Adam glass artist at Aaronson Noon Gallery and studio London Francoise Murat

Best project – greatest achievement?

Whatever I’m doing tomorrow 

Achilles heel?

How long have you got? 

Favourite city?

Santa Fe, New Mexico 

Favourite country?


Dream commission or work?

As a public service, I’d like to improve those boring pendant lampshades at Starbucks and also the terrible cheap glass vases in the interview room on Masterchef, which drive me mad. 

What book you reading now?

I’m just about to start Freedom by Jonathan Franzen 

Complete …I am a frustrated….?


Adam Aaronson fresco bowl

You can go back in time – where would you go and what would you do?

It would be interesting to be a glassmaker in 14th century Venice  

How do you relax?

Rarely and not enough but usually involves my partner Sue, and Archie our cocker spaniel, and a long walk in the countryside followed by a pub lunch 

The most important lesson you have learnt?

The importance of balance and compromise.

Interview courtsey of Fracoise Murat -

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