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Pathway to Innovation: The Pottery of Helene Fielder

About the Artist

Helene Fielder is an award-winning potter from Booneville, Mississippi. She was born in Rive de Geir, France, and became a naturalized U.S. citizen as a child. She has lived and worked in many places before settling in Mississippi, including Slovenia, Germany, and various states in the U.S. She operates Bumblebee Pottery, featuring her beautiful, functional pottery and Helene Fielder Sculptures, focusing on her purely artistic work. 

Over the years, Helene has taught both pottery and silversmithing and has worked in marketing, illustration, and advertising, but pottery is still an enduring passion for her. She says, “After three decades working with clay, I’m still excited when the kiln lid opens. The clay experiment is still in progress, from the concept on paper, construction, and glaze testing. Yet, I never stop learning and discovering the diversity of this media. 

Ceramics is still a pathway to innovation, without forgetting its value in centuries of tradition.” A major aspect of Helene’s work is her teapots, both functional and non-functional. She is fascinated by them. “They have incredible line and movement, reminding me of the human form,” she says. In her work, she uses hand-built and wheel-thrown components, block print carving to imprint texture, and stain, latex, and wax resist, sometimes airbrushed with layers of glaze and stain to create rich, colorful surfaces. 

About her work, she says, “The organic sculptures with their varied textures and colors echo the forms and colors of the earth. I love all colors and enjoy observing form, a seed bursting from the earth, a fish alive with its glitter of color, a microscopic pattern. My wish is that my work transfers these precious miraculous moments of life.”

 

Functional teapot using wheel-thrown and hand-building techniques.


 
 
 
 

Frank shared a piece of gem silica and I have been to scared to cut into it. Finally, I cut it into three pieces. The first one is the top bead on this pendant. Next to contrast the gem silica is carnelian then black jade. The bottom is a stone I rock hounded in Mississippi.


 
 

Helene Fielder


More of Helene’s work can be found on Facebook at Helene Fielder Sculptures https://www.facebook.com/HeleneFielderSculptures/ , on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/bumblebeepottery1/, at https://bumblebeepottery.com/, and on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/PotterybyHelene.

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