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Artist: Marty Fielding


Marty Fielding
Marty Fielding, NORTH CAROLINA
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I seek harmony in my surroundings, moments of respite from the rush and concerns of daily life. I find a sense of calm in the emotion expressed in a song, muted colors in nature and art, and drinking coffee from a handmade cup. The synthesis of my research in post-modern architecture, abstract painting, and experimental music culminates in my utilitarian pottery. Each of these influences contain the element of abstraction, an austerity and restraint in form, and an intentional trajectory for moving the body, eye, or psyche through space. Grounded architecturally inspired forms communicate stability, while cantilevered components act as a counterpoint to their mass. Visual chords of color establish a harmonized background. Architectural features punctuated with vivid color conduct the viewer’s eye around the piece and settle into a mellow mid-tempo beat.

The functional parameters of the vessel allow me to achieve two important goals: offering
individuals an interactive experience through use, and questioning the aesthetic conventions of the archetypal pot within the framework of utility. A surprising rendition of a familiar pot strikes the viewer with a feeling of discovery, enticing a closer investigation through sight, touch, and interaction.

Geometric forms combined with painted color become utilitarian 3-D Color Field paintings.
Vessels and groupings reference skyline and double as musical phrasing or wave forms of sound. Both architects and potters are fundamentally engaged in designing functional space.
Architecture holds people; people hold pottery. Like the sentiment in a song, I instill calmness in my vessels to be experienced through use and contemplation within people’s hands and homes.

 

EDUCATION
MFA 2015 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Ceramics
BA 1995 University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
Anthropology

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2018

Collaborative Companions, The Union Project, NCECA Conourrent
Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA. Curators: Justin Rothshank and Eric Botbyl

American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

2017

La Mesa, Invitational, Exchange Ballroom, Portland, OR


2016

Interval and Intersection, Solo, Plinth Gallery, Denver, CO

Yunomi Invitational 2016, AKAR, Iowa City, IA

Role Models, Invitational, Belger Art Center, in conjunction with
NCECA, Kansas City, MO. Curator: Melissa Yungbluth

2015

architecTONIC, University of Florida MFA Thesis Exhibition, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL

2014

Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, Muskingum County

Community Foundation, Zanesville, OH, Jurors: Sherman Hall, Angelica Pozo, Brad Schwieger. Honorable mention. http://zanesvilleprize.org/

La Mesa, Invitational, Santa Fe Clay, in conjunction with NCECA, Milwaukee, WI

8 Fluid Ounces, LSU Glassel Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA, Curator: Mark
Cole

2013

Cheers!, invitational, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD

Yunomi Invitational, AKAR, Iowa City, IA, http://akardesign.com

NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition, Glassell School of Fine Art,
Houston, TX, Jurors: Kevin Snipes and Bonnie Seeman

2012
Sunshine Cobb – Marty Fielding, Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI, http://schallergallery.com

Artist’s Plate, invitational, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC

2011
Vertical: An Exhibition of Wall Platters, Sagebrush, Sheridan, WY,
Curator: Elaine Henry

2010
The Art of Function, in conjunction with NCECA, Craftsman House

Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
American Pottery Festival, invitational, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

Salad Days Invitational, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME

2009

EWARE: Marc Digeros and Other Boys that Get Low, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO

Marty Fielding: Recent Work, Solo, Artisan Gallery, Northampton, MA
Praesentation, Hotel Pupik, Scheiffling, Austria, Curators: Heimo
Wallner and Hedya Klein

2008
Marty Fielding, AKAR, Solo, Iowa City, IA, http://akardesign.com

2007
POTpouri, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

2006
Simple Cup, invitational, Kobo Gallery, Seattle, WA


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2000- Studio Potter, Marty Fielding Pottery


TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2017 -Present
Visiting Assistant Professor, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

2016 Lecturer/Artist in Residence, State University of New York at New Paltz,
New Paltz, NY. Fall Semester

2016 Visiting Professor, University of Georgia Studies Abroad in Cortona, Italy.
Summer Semester

2015-16 Visiting Instructor, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

2012- 15 Instructor of Record, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

2008-12 Visiting Winter Term Instructor, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT,

2003-05 Lecturer in Art, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH


SELECTED WORKSHOPS AND LECTURES

2018

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA

Visiting Artist Lecture and Demonstration

Red Handed Symposium, The Clay Lady’s Campus, Nashville, TN,

Presenter 3-Day Earthenware Symposium

Art Students League of Denver, Denver, CO, 2-day workshop

2017
Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC


2016
NCECA Process Room, An Alternative Handle, Kansas City, MO

Alabama Clay Conference, Gadsden, AL, Presenter

2015
NCECA Panel Discussion, Now or Later: Thoughts on the Return to
Academia, Providence, RI

2012
Potter’s Council Conference, Altering Ceramics, San Diego, CA
2011
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL,

Truro Center for the Arts, Truro, MA, 5-day Workshop

Functional Pottery Workshop, Wooster, OH, Presenter

RESIDENCIES

2010 Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME, 2-weeks
2006-09 Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center, Middlebury, VT
2009 Hotel Pupik, Scheiffling, Austria, 4-weeks


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
 Terra Sigillata: Contemporary Techniques. Rhonda Willers, The American Ceramic
Society, Westerville, OH. 2019

 Clay: A Studio Handbook. Vince Pitelka, American Ceramic Society, Westerville, OH.
2016

 Glaze: The Ultimate Ceramic Artist’s Guide to Glaze and Color. Kate Doody and Brian
Taylor, London, UK: Quarto. 2014

 American iPottery. Kevin A. Hluch, Designer and Editor. iPad interactive book. 2014

 Hybrid Pottery: Throwing, Altering, and Assembling with Marty Fielding. Columbus, OH:
Ceramic Arts Daily Presents. 2-DVD Set. 2013

 500 Pitchers. Suzanne J.E Tourtilott, ed. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2006

 Emerging Artists 2002. Ruth Butler, ed. Ceramics Monthly, May 2002: pg. 63


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
 Contextualizing Ceramic Color, Ceramics Monthly, Jessica Knapp, ed. Westerville OH,
The American Ceramic Society. September: pg. 48-51

 Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast, Episode 246 Marty Fielding

 Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast, Episode 243 Live From Nashville: Red Handed
Symposium Panel Discussion, Nov. 19, 2018.

 Oil Bottle and Trivet: Altering in Unison. Pottery Making Illustrated, March/April 2014:
pg. 29-32

 The Pitcher Challenge. Pottery Making Illustrated, January/February 2013: pg. 22-26 and
cover image

 Frog Hollow: The First Forty Years. Robert Hunter, ed. Burlington, VT: Kasini House
Books, 2010. Cover Image and essay

 What it Takes: Working Potters. Ceramics Monthly, June/July 2007: pg. 44–45

 


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