After two years working in three very different potteries Mark set up his first workshop in 1975 with the help of the then, CAC new craftsman grant. A move to West Wales to make domestic stoneware lasted three years before settling at his current location in Shropshire in a converted village hall. For twenty years Mark’s main production has been terracotta garden pots, selling from home and undertaking commissions for some of the great gardens throughout the UK. A return to stoneware in 2005 and wood firing has re-kindled his enthusiasm for this more considered work.
Mark fires in a wood and gas kiln using glazes made from materials found locally, wood ashes and quarry dust, often over slips dug from stream banks, and a local pool.
His wood kiln is a 70cu ft single chamber bourry-box kiln, fired to 1300 c and the gas kiln has a packing area of 70 cu ft and is fired to 1280 c.
Current work is woodfired saltglazed pots and gas fired reduction stoneware with ash glazes and tenmoku.
Mark has a well deserved reputation as a “big ware “ thrower.
He is a professional member of the CPA.
1975 ‘New Craftsman Grant’ awarded by the Crafts Advisory Committee