The ceramist son of potter Alan BROUGH and the tapestry designer and maker Sheila BROUGH. Adrian was brought from his birthplace in Devon at the age of seven, and attended school in St Ives while his father worked at the LEACH POTTERY. He grew up and earned his pocket money in the surroundings of his father's pottery at Newlyn, where there was always work to be done around the kilns and glazes.
He was taught to throw pots by his neighbour and friend, William MARSHALL, when he entered the four year art and design course at Cornwall Technical College at Camborne. Completing his diploma there (with Distinction in Design), he became a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and also the Society for Industrial Artists & Designers. A first commission was achieved from the South West Electricity Board.
His work is exhibited in local galleries and nationally; he works from a bespoke studio at The Old Farmhouse, Lelant, where he mentors students.