Garden Seat #2 | Elizabeth Nields

Ceramic garden seats are part of a tradition that started in Asia thousands of years ago. This handsome and functional stoneware form references natural forms that might be found under a birch grove. The material retains the day’s heat into a cool evening, and a lingering hint of nighttime chill for one’s early morning meditation. It will accommodate adults as well as children. Heated at more than 2300?, the base copper glaze has similar markings to Garden Seat #1 — again an abstract expressionist feel. Ms. Nields is known for her exploration of ancient forms and her imaginative adaptations and inventions, such as the legend of the Ancient Elephant Temple. This piece is easily moved.

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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