•July 6, 2013 • 2 Comments
Greetings! Some new work has emerged from the kiln within the last couple of weeks and about a dozen pieces are currently for sale on my etsy page. More will be added as the summer gets hotter down here in Florida. These cups and pitcher give a little glimpse into the developments of my first year of graduate school. I have been looking more closely at the ways painters layer color and I’ve expanded my palette. Architecture has been a big influence the shapes that I’ve been making. I hope you enjoy seeing the changes.
•May 13, 2013 • Leave a Comment
I’m excited to be teaching at Pullen Arts Center in Raleigh again next month. The description of the course follows and the slideshow above gives a preview of making a spout from a paper template.
I hope to see you there!
Utilitarian Pottery: Synthesizing Form & Surface
To register, click here or call (919) 996-6126
Jun 28 – Fri 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
June 29-30 – Sa-Su 9:00AM-4:00PM
This workshop will focus on throwing and altering with excursions into hand building. Using contrast as an overarching design principle, we will aim for making strong utilitarian forms and embellishing their surfaces to entice the user. Techniques involved include making and using insulating foam board molds, and forming lids, handles, and spouts. Specifically, daily demonstrations will cover cups, serving dishes constructed on slump molds, boxes, and pouring vessels. The application of texture, inlay, terra sigillata, slip, resists, and glazes will be used to explore unconventional approaches to the earthenware surface. Topics of discussion will be origination of ideas, supportive critiques, and sustainability in ceramics. Participants will experience numerous techniques to use as points of departure in their own work upon their return home. $140 Resident / $152.00 Non-Resident
•March 13, 2013 • 2 Comments
Ceramic Arts Daily just announced the upcoming release of the Hybrid Pottery: Throwing, Altering, Assembling. It was a great experience spending a few days in Columbus, OH last spring and shooting this video with the CAD editorial staff their video guru, Kevin Davison.
I demonstrated a pitcher, a box, a teapot, an oil bottle, and a serving dish for the camera. I also show mixing, decanting, and applying terra sigillata as well as underglaze and glaze.
A clip of throwing and assembling a diamond shaped trivet for an oil bottle can be viewed here. I hope you enjoy watching.
The DVD can be pre-ordered now for shipment later in March.
•December 19, 2012 • 3 Comments
This was a nice holiday gift for me. I submitted an article to Pottery Making Illustrated in September and recently heard that it would be included in the January/February issue. What I didn’t know until I received some copies of the magazine last week was that the pitcher that I demonstrate in the article is on the cover. Thanks to the editors at PMI and thanks to Charlie Cummings taking such a nice photo of the piece.
In other news, I just finished my first semester of graduate school at the University of Florida. It has been a luxury to have the freedom to research and experiment with new ways to strengthen my work. I found inspiration in the buildings of Frank Gehry and I’ve been looking at color interaction in relation to musical harmonies.
These teapots and mugs are the culmination of the fall semester. The photos are courtesy of Linda Arbuckle.
•July 17, 2012 • 1 Comment
I’m looking forward to being back on Mockernut Road between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro, NC. I’ll be there for a long weekend, the first in August, to join my friends Doug Dotson and Ronan Peterson for this festive sale in Doug’s Studio.
I shared this studio with Doug in 2001 and 2002 and we took the first steps in figuring out how to fire his newly built soda kiln. It was a great place to work amidst the tall trees and boulders of granite.
3 Guys and Some Pottery
Doug Dotson Pottery
326 Mockernut Rd
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Saturday August 4 (12am-8pm) with a reception starting at 6pm
Sunday August 5 (12-5pm)
for directions click here
Here are a couple of views of pitcher I’ll be bringing with me:
•April 23, 2012 • 1 Comment
I’ll be teaching a couple of workshops this spring and summer.
The first will be in May at the New Hampshire League of Craftsmen.
Alteration and Decals
This will be a 2-day hands-on class covering altering thrown forms and designing, printing, applying, and firing laser jet decals.
New Hampshire League of Craftsmen
May 19 & 20
The July workshop is at Claymakers in Durham, NC. This was the studio where I taught my first class ever back in 1999. I’m excited be back!
Juxtaposition: Earthenware Form and Surface
This will be 5 days of hands-on throwing, altering, making lids, spout, and handles, applying terra sigiallata, and glazing.
•November 27, 2011 • 1 Comment
No, I don’t mean via the Space Shuttle. I have been stocking my etsy page with new work for holiday gifting. Take a look at some recent additions below and surf over to martyfielding.etsy.com for Cyber Monday shopping.
To point out a few new developments in past few months: take note of the blunt nose spout on the Pitcher, the hollow lids on the Oil Bottles, and the return of the Stoveside Coffee Pot – this time they’re square.