Marty Fielding became captivated by clay as an Anthropology major at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Marty continued his study of ceramics as a student and teaching assistant at Penland School of Crafts. He has taught in institutions including Suny New Paltz, the University of Georgia studies abroad in Cortona, Italy, Florida Atlantic University and Middlebury College. Marty received an MFA from the University of Florida.
His work has been included in invitational and juried exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally. Articles and images of his work are published in several books and magazines such as Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, and Clay Times. Marty currently lives in Florida.
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, soft colors in nature and art, and drinking coffee from a handmade cup. The synthesis of my research in post-modern architecture, abstract painting, and indie music culminates in my utilitarian pottery.
I construct the vessels using a hybrid technique based primarily in hand building and occasionally employing wheel thrown components. The functional parameters of the pot allow me to achieve two important goals in my work: offering individuals an interactive experience through use, and questioning the aesthetic conventions of the archetypal pot within the framework of function. A surprising rendition of a familiar pot strikes the onlooker with a feeling of discovery, enticing a closer investigation through sight, touch, and interaction.