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Adam Field

Biography to Display: 

Born Colorado


1997 Study Abroad, Studio Art Centers International (SACI), Florence, Italy

1999 BA Art, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado


2007-2008Apprenticeship, Ipo-ri, Gyeong Gi-Do, South Korea

2013Summer Resident, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

2014-2016Long-Term Resident, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana


1999 Production Potter, The World According to Mark, Durango, Colorado

1999—Owner/Operator, Adam Field Pottery

2000-2002Artist in Residence, Richard Carter Studio/Pope Valley Pottery, Napa & Pope Valley, California

2000-2002Customer Service Manager, Clay People, Richmond, California

2003Ceramics Instructor for At-Risk Teens, Hui No’eau Visual Art Center, Makawao, Hawaii

2004-2007Advanced Ceramics Instructor, Hui No’eau Visual Art Center, Makawao, Hawaii

2010-2011Ceramics Instructor, Mancos Ceramic Arts Center, Mancos, Colorado

2010-2011Ceramics Instructor, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado

2001—Studio Potter

2017—Adam Field Pottery, Helena, Montana


Adam Field is known for wheel-thrown and altered porcelain functional work with precision-incised and precision-carved surface decoration completed in the wet-stage. Field’s surface treatment is made with hand tools he designed or altered for this purpose. Glazes appear earth-toned with simple resist decoration.

Regarding the origins of the incised and carved designs, Field's states, “The surface of my pottery is meticulously carved with intricate designs that borrow from nature and incorporate the human touch. Much of the carving on my work is informed by the pattern languages found in indigenous fiber art, such as Hawaiian tapa, Incan cordage, and Zulu basketry.”

In addition to the former body of work, Field maintains an active practice of creating Onggi pottery , traditional Korean earthenware used for tableware.  Learned while apprenticed to 6th generation Onggi Master Potter, Kim Il-Mahn, Field has brought the centuries-old – and near lost art to his studio in the United States.  Field’s Onggi pots are coil-built using the aid of the potter’s wheel. From clay preparation to glazing, his work remains within the traditional scope of the art. Pots are lidded with a flat top.


Public Collections to Display: 

Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana


Bibliography to Display: 

Chun, Lauryn, and Olga Massov. The Kimchi Cookbook. New York, NY:Ten Speed Press, 2012.

Collins, Nic. Throwing Large.  London, UK: A&C Black Publishers, 2011.

Field, Adam. Precision Throwing and Carving with Adam Field. DVD. Westerville, Ohio: Ceramic Arts Daily, 2013.

_________. “Adjustable Heights, Tools and Tips.” Ceramics Monthly (February 2013).

Hall, Sherman. “Studio Visit: Adam Field and Heesoo Lee, Durango, Colorado.” Ceramics Monthly (June 2011).

Katz, Sandor Ellix. The Art of Fermentation.  White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2012.

Lawton, Jim. 500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design, Volume 2. New York, NY: Lark Books, 2013.




Typical Marks

AF embossed with stamp.

Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze

Citation: Kuratnick, Jeffrey. "The Marks Project." Last modified July 3, 2024.