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Presenter:Marty Fielding | Altered Ceramics

Carolyn Dorr


The Hybrid: Throwing and Handbuilding

The presentation will illustrate altering wheel thrown forms. Darting will also be demonstrated as a way to alter the form further. Problem solving in terms of design and function is an integral part of resolving altered pieces. Marty will make a square pitcher and a box from start to finish. In addition to the altering techniques employed in these pieces, the demonstration will also show making a slab built spout from a paper template, pulling a handle, and applying surface texture.




Marty’s work is predominantly thrown on the wheel and altered, with hand built additions, i.e. spouts and lids. He had developed depth variation on the surface by layering texture, terra sigillata, resists, underglazes and glazes. Marty works with red earthenware and fires to cone 03 in an electric kiln. He has a supply of renewable electricity that is generated from methane collected on Vermont dairy farms.




Attendees will be learning:


  • Throwing and altering a bottomless cylinder
  • Darting
  • Making paper template for a slab built spout
  • Making a spout from a paper template
  • Pulling a “bone†handle
  • Texturing the surface
  • Making a box and a pitcher


Additional Information


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. Marty is currently an M.F.A. candidate at the University of Florida.




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’s teaching experience includes adjunct positions at Ohio Northern University and Middlebury College, several community studios including Frog Hollow in Middlebury, Vermont where he was Resident Potter, and various workshops including Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and Truro Center for the Arts on Cape Cod.


His work has been published in several books as well as Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, and Clay Times.


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Altered Ceramics

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