Hybrid Pottery with Marty Fielding

In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Marty Fielding shares all the details of making his angular earthenware forms. Beginning most of his pots on the wheel, Marty explains how to effectively throw bottomless...(Scroll for more.)

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Runtime: 3 hours

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…cylinders for altering. From there it is onto the table where Marty demonstrates how to combine wheel thrown cylinders with handbuilt parts to make a number of interesting forms such as a square box, an oil bottle, and a square teapot. In addition, he explains how to use insulating foam board to make slump molds for a serving dish and a trivet for the oil bottle. He rounds out the program with a demonstration of how he makes it all come together with terra sigillata, stain, wax and tape resists, and glaze. Original List Price: $69.97

Start by throwing

Marty always enjoyed handbuilding but was also drawn to throwing. As he found himself manipulating his thrown forms more and more, he abandoned trying to throw complete pieces and discovered that a thrown bottomless ring served his purposes very well. As a consequence, he’s developed a unique style of handbuilding based on a central thrown ring.

More time for handbuilding

The result of beginning a project with a thrown ring allows Marty the ability to more time to manipulate and alter a form. Through diligent work, his forms take on a new life where the original roundness of the wheel nearly disappears after serving its purpose to create a foundation.

Many variations on a theme

To demonstrate the range of possibilities, Marty provides easy-to-follow instructions for creating a box, an oil bottle with spout and lid, a tray for the oil bottle, a pitcher, a square teapot, and a serving dish that also utilizes insulating foam to aid in forming.

Terra sig decorating

To finish his pieces, Marty uses colored terra sigs with resist techniques on both greenware and bisque. While you can substitute commercial underglazes with no problem, you’ll enjoy the ease with which you can create some of your own colors from scratch.

About Marty Fielding

Marty Fielding became captivated by clay as an anthropology major at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He continued his study of ceramics as a student and teaching assistant at Penland School of Crafts. Fielding’s work has been included in invitational and juried exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally. Craft galleries throughout the U.S. represent his pottery. Marty currently lives in Middlebury, Vermont with his wife Tiffany and his daughter Isa.

Artist Statement

The inherent usefulness of pottery has provided a vehicle for self-expression for twelve millennia. Following that precedent, the meaning of my work is its functionality. Clay is seductive; it can be molded into nearly any shape, adorned and embellished, metamorphosed into stone, and sealed with glass. Working with one of the oldest technologies known to humans excites me as a counterpoint to the abundance of new technologies on which we depend. Aesthetically, I believe that contrast sparks interest. One aspect of an object often goes unnoticed without the juxtaposition of its opposite. By searching for elements that accentuate each other through resistance, I strive to construct a visual statement that attracts attention, and therefore use. To this end, I seek tension and balance by pitting loose vs. tight, curve vs. angle, warm vs. cool, shiny vs. matte, smooth vs. coarse, and historical vs. contemporary.I work with earthenware clay that is formed on the wheel, with slabs, and/or coils. The surface of the pots is textured, brushed with terra sigillata, inlaid with ceramic patina, and glazed. The pots are fired to cone 04 with green electricity.


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