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FIELDING, MARTY
FIELDING, MARTY
FLORIDA
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.

In recent months I have taken steps to lessen the carbon emitted by my process. All of the energy used in my studio, including the firing, is produced in a renewable fashion. My power company offers an upgrade to electricity generated from methane collected from dairy farms, therefore decreasing the release of methane into the atmosphere.


BIOGRAPHY
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.

EDUCATION
1995
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Workshops and Teaching Assistantships
Penland School of Crafts

EXPERIENCE
1999-Present
Studio Potter
2006-Present
Resident Potter Frog Hollow Craft Center, Middlebury, VT
1998-1999
Studio Assistant, Sharon Arts Studio, San Francisco, CA

TEACHING
2008
Visiting Winter Term Instructor, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
2003-2005
Lecturer in Art, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH

POTTERY INSTRUCTOR
2006-Present
Frog Hollow, Middlebury, VT
2003-2005
Dublin Arts Council, Dublin
John Bryan Center, Yellow Springs, OH
2000-2002
Claymakers, Durham, NC
2001-2002
Pullen Art Center, Raleigh, NC
2000, 2001, 2003
Teaching Assistant, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC.

PUBLICATIONS
2007
“What it Takes: Working Potters” MartyFielding, Ceramics Monthly, June/July
2006
500 Pitchers Suzanne J.E. Tourtilott, editor. Lark Books. Asheville, NC
2005
“Refraction and Flux” Clay Times, July/August
“Point of Departure” Ceramics Monthly, March
2003
“In Tune with Marty Fielding” K.T. Anders. Clay Times, Nov/Dec
500 Bowls Suzanne J.E. Tourtilott, editor. Lark Books. Asheville, NC
2002
“Emerging Artists 2002” Ceramics Monthly, May

EXHIBITIONS
2008
Consider the Cup, Artisan Gallery, Northampton, MA
Our Cups Runneth Over, Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA
Winterfest, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Featured Artist, Frog Hollow, Burlington, VT
CUT, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
Transformations: 6x6, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
National Teapot Show VII, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC
American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
Yunomi Invitational 2008, AKAR, Iowa City, IA
POTpouri, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
2007
Simple Cup, Kobo Gallery, Seattle, WA
Consider the Cup, Artisan Gallery, Northampton, MA
Intimate Vessels, Jenison Meacham Art Center, Belmond, IA
Artist of the Month, Decordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
Farming in Monkton, Frog Hollow, Middlebury, VT
2006
Simple Cup Invitational, Kobo Gallery, Seattle, WA
Teapot Show, Spruce Creek Gallery, Nellysford,VA
Perspectives, Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, GA
Connections, Southside Gallery, Oxford, MS
Bowl Invitational, Charlie Cummings Studio, Fort Wayne, IA
2005
Winterfest, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Earthy Treasures, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
National Teapot Show VI, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC
Refraction and Flux, Greenwood Genetic Center, Geenwood, SC
The Art of the Mug, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
Srtictly Functional, Southern Market Center, Lancaster, PA
Functional Ceramics, Wayne Center For the Arts, Wooster, OH
The Ultimate Tablesetting, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC
Endless Variations, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Handcrafted, Rocky Mount Art Center, Rocky Mount, NC
Point of Departure, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH
2004
Gather ‘Round the Table, Hodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Art and Food, Red Sky Gallery, Charlotte, NC
International Ceramic Journal Editors Symposium, FuLe Int’l Ceramic Art Museums, Beijing, China
Ohio Northern University Art Faculty, Elzay Gallery, ONU Ada, OH
Strictly Functional, Market House Craft Center, East Petersburg, PA
2003
Coming into View, High Road Gallery, Worthington, OH
2002
National Teapot Show V, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC
2001
The Hand Held Cup Show, Odyssey Gallery, Asheville, NC
Edge, Rhythm and Fusion, Pullen Arts Center, Raleigh, NC
Cedar Creek Mug Roundup! Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC
Clay Cup VIII, Southern Illinois University @ Carbondale
2001-2003
NC Clay, Past and Present, North Carolina Pottery Center
Charlotte (NCECA), Wilmington, Raleigh, and Seagrove,NC

SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS
2006-2009
Artist in Residence, Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center, Middlebury, VT
2000, 2001, 2003
Studio Assistantship, Penland School of Crafts
2002
Honorable Mention, Piccolo Spoleto, Charleston, SC
2001
Emerging Artist, Ceramics Monthly magazine

PRESENTATIONS & WORKSHOPS
2008
American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
2007
Altered Forms, Sharon Arts Center, Sharon, NH
Workshop, Frog Hollow, Middlebury, VT
Altered Forms, Pullen Arts Center, Raleigh, NC
2006
Hybrid Vessels, Claymakers, Durham, NC
2005
Point of Departure, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH
2003
Workshop, Pullen Art Center, Raleigh,NC
2002
Woodfired Pottery, Pullen Art Center, Raleigh, NC.
NC Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC (Kiln site)
Salt/Soda Fired Pottery, Pullen Art Center, Raleigh, NC.
NC Clay: Past and Present, “For the Love of Pots: Artist’s Roundtable”, Gallery of Art and Design, NC State University
2001
Triangle Potter’s Guild, NC State University Craft Center
Studio Assistant Slide Presentation, Penland School Of Crafts, Penland, NC