Precision Throwing & Intricate Carving with Adam Field
If you’ve ever wondered how certain potters can make such elegant pots, there’s really no secret—just learning some simple techniques and practice. In this video by master potter Adam Field, you’ll learn all the secrets to master strong throwing techniques through...(Scroll for more.)
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…a series of demonstrations, as well as how to render beautiful carved surfaces. By the end of the video, you’ll have the knowledge to use these techniques to create your own elegant pots. Adam works in porcelain however all the techniques are suitable for any good throwing body. Original List Price: $69.97
Two cultures, traditional techniques
Adam has been a potter for many years and has always loved the simple elegance of Asian pottery. He spent most of 2008 in Icheon, South Korea, studying traditional Korean pottery making techniques under sixth-generation Onggi master Kim Il Mahn. Taking the best aspects of this training and blending it with his Western skill set, Adam presents the perfect blend of techniques suitable for anyone wanting to throw better. Although Adam makes certain aesthetic decisions to fit his own work, the techniques he demonstrates can easily be adapted to fit many different styles.
Build throwing skills
Each chapter of the video focuses on making one particular form starting with how to throw a cylinder. Even if you’ve been throwing a long time, Adam’s approach may be different than what you learned. After introducing basic throwing skills, Adam moves on to demonstrate making simple forms like mugs and bowls then building on those basic techniques to create more elaborate forms like butter dishes and covered storage jars.
Learn to carve
The correct tools
Having the right tools for the task at hand is important. In the bonus features on this video, Adam demonstrates how to make a sangam carving tool, a trimming knife and an adjustable worktable—three tools that are invaluable to his success. While you can readily buy each of the items demonstrated, making your own allows you to personalize them for better handling and comfort.
About Adam Field
Born and raised in Colorado, Adam Field earned his Bachelors of Art from Fort Lewis College. For two years he immersed himself in the culturally rich art scene of the San Francisco Bay area, where he began his full-time studio practice. From there, he relocated to Maui, where he established a thriving studio business. He spent most of 2008 in Icheon, South Korea, studying traditional Korean pottery making techniques under sixth-generation Onggi master Kim Il Mahn. He also has been a summer resident at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. Adam currently maintains his studio in Durango, Colorado. His works are included in private collections and kitchen cabinets internationally. CLICK HERE to learn more about Adam.
“I am fascinated with antique artifacts, the way they can speak of mastery of lost peoples, places, and cultures. This inspires me to create works that both radiate history and capture my own place and time. I work toward a clean aesthetic that celebrates the masterful simplicity of antique Far Eastern pottery, while retaining the modest utility of colonial American wares. The surface of my pottery is meticulously carved with intricate designs that borrow from nature and incorporate the human touch. Much of the carving on my work is informed by the pattern languages found in indigenous fiber art, such as Hawaiian tapa, Incan cordage and Zulu basketry.” —Adam Field