Designer Jonathan Adler’s Modern American Glamour
This story may sound like a triumph of self-confidence, but Adler says his success was wholly due to “panic” and hard work: “I saw that there was an opportunity to actually do something and not be a complete failure,” he says. “I thought, ‘All right, I have to do this. I have to take advantage of it.’ When I got a little taste of success, it was intoxicating. I thought, ‘I’m just gonna work like an animal to make it happen.’ But it wasn’t confidence. It was panic.”
His pottery continues to inform what he does; Adler defines his aesthetic as “modern American glamour.” He says, “I try to be modern, and I’m very much rooted in modernism. I am American. I love the optimism and freedom of America…. I feel like only in America could I do what I’ve done, which is about freedom and optimism and glamour, glamour, glamour—always. I feel like everything I make should be memorable, and to me that’s what glamour is.”
Click on the image below to watch our video profile of Jonathan Adler (please note: the language does get a little bit salty in the video).