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Garden Seat #1 | Elizabeth Nields

Elizabeth Nields’ garden seats are made with sturdy high fire clay. They are painted boldly with porcelain slip, a white magnesia-based glaze with a touch of “peach bloom” and a black engobe. They have an abstract expressionist “feel” yet meld with the landscape. Garden Seat #1 uses mainly iron-bearing glazes. The garden seat is tall enough for a person to rest on easily, perhaps with a drink.

Elizabeth Nields has been making bold sculptures and pottery at her studio outside of Gilbertsville for 40 years. She started with a personal narrative related to the Ancient Elephant Temple perhaps found in ruins 5000 years ago. Later she built “monuments.” Elephant imagery recurs in the garden seats.

Her work was featured in Metropolitan Home and Vogue in articles about designer Mary McFadden, who collected her work. Patrick Lannan, founder of the Patrick Lannan Foundation Museum in Palm Springs FL, acquired many pieces for the museum’s collection.

Ms. Nields earned her B.A. at Radcliffe College (cum laude). She was an Assistant Professor at Hofstra University, where she taught “clay” including Japanese ceramics, glazes and sculpture. She has also taught at many institutions, including Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta. She teaches in Arts in Education Programs and at The Smithy, Cooperstown. Ms. Nields has conducted Clay Workshops at her studio since 1974, including a month long intensive workshop every August.

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