Modern Traditions: A workshop with Adam Field and Alex Matisse

September 17th, 2012      9am – 5pm

Adam Field’s forms are graceful, smooth, and strong, and his attention to detail is astounding. Whether he is working on a large Onggi pot used traditionally for fermenting kimchi, or carving tight geometric patterns in porcelain, the pots sing with energy and life. Come out to East Fork and see for yourself.

Adam will demonstrate the Korean coil and paddle clay-vessel construction methods he learned in Korea as well as some less traditional methods he employs to create his more contemporary work.

Alex Matisse will demonstrate methods for large pot construction, regular wheel throwing, and the two different slip trailing techniques that he uses.

Lunch will be followed by image and video presentations of Alex’s
travels in Turkey, his three years of apprenticeship in North Carolina,
and Adam’s Korean pottery apprenticeship. There will be discussions on
technical production methods, aesthetic considerations, promotion and
marketing insights, and general tom foolery, with more decorating
demonstrations to finish out the day.

Work will be available for sale from both Adam and Alex.  Adam will have handmade Korean pottery tools available as well.
Space is limited to 15 participants.
Deadline for entry is September 1st.
$125 – Non student
$75 – Student



Find all the workshop details here

Encore: New work by Alex Matisse.

March 15 – April 13
Crimson Laurel Gallery

We thought our most successful successful solo show of 2011 deserved an encore. This show features Alex’s favorite pots from his last two firings. Alex Matisse lives and creates his work in the Mountains of Marshall NC. He apprenticed in the workshops of North Carolina potters Matt Jones and Mark Hewitt. “The pots in this collection are from the 3rd and 4th firings of my kiln. Each firing has been distinct and varied and each has had success and failures. These are a few of those success, a harmonious marriage of form and glaze and flame.

My favorite pots are those made on the good days. It is a joy when the clay, pinched between knuckle and middle finger, seems to rise off the wheel toward the sky with its own momentum and volition. The pitchers in this show were made on such a day: their weight and mass distributed perfectly.

On the bad days, when the clay is short and dry and the eye wants more than the hand can match, the hardest part is not in the mechanics but in the mind. When everything seems to elude me, staying calm and collected is the most difficult part of all. Those days come and go like the March rains we will soon see and, I’m learning, are followed by the sun.” – Alex Matisse, March 2012

Crimson Laurel Gallery
23 Crimson Laurel Way
Bakersville, NC 28705