Anita Fields (born 1951) is a Native American artist from the U.S. state of Oklahoma. Although her artistic career began later in her life, Fields is nationally recognized for her unique rendering of cultural items in clay. Fields specializes in ceramics, non-functional earthenware, and traditional Osage ribbon work. Some of the museums that have collected Fields' work include The Heard Museum, the Cowboy and Western Heritage Center, and the Museum of Art and Design. Her work has also been included in exhibitions such as the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian titled “Who Stole the Tepee,” and the “Legacy of the Generations: American Indian Women Potters” at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
After graduating from high school, Fields went to the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico for a time. She originally went there to paint but was exposed to many different mediums such as video and multi-media, clay, and sculpture, which expanded her focus. Fields met her husband, Tom Fields, in Colorado over a holiday. Fields left the institute to raise a family with Tom. While she raised her children, Fields never stopped taking classes at community centers and museums. It was during this time that Fields learned how to do the traditional Osage finger weaving and ribbon work. Tom got a job with the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technical Education and the two moved to Stillwater, OK. Fields enrolled at Oklahoma State University and took approximately two years to graduate with a B.A. in Fine Arts.
Starting out, Fields began making non-functional pieces, such as little figurines. Fields made an entire series of little clay boxes with smaller clay figures inside of them. During this period, Fields developed a lot of her work through the process of terra sigillata. Fields made a series of clay parfleches. She was especially interested in the metaphor these parfleches provided of the culture of the times and was fascinated by what we make to take care of ourselves. Other examples of her work include masks, platters, buckskin dresses, and abstracted figurative work. Her depiction of domestic motifs is intended to honor all women. After witnessing the graffiti work of her son, Fields was inspired to start incorporating distorted messages on her work.