Adam Posnak, 2017.
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Adam Posnak

Adam Posnak grew up in Macon, Georgia. His great-grandfathers were blacksmiths, his grandfather a woodworker, and his mother a studio potter. Posnak holds a MFA from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and a BA from Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota. Adam teaches ceramics and foundation courses at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Contact him at


St. Barbara plate, 2013. Earthenware, 14 in. Photograph by Lydia Clark.
Within African and African-Pan-American religious-cultural systems, special pots are understood to literally house divinity and are receptacles for detailed and painstaking spiritual offerings. It has been the greatest challenge and most humbling experience of my artistic career to participate in the making of these pots.
Vodu ritual pot in market, Dzodze, Volta Region, Ghana.
This article is a collaborative effort, reflecting Dr. Samuel Nortey and Adam Posnak’s shared experience of international exchange.
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