Join us at the Guild for a workshop with Mark Arnold, Saturday and Sunday, October 20 & 21 from 10am until 4:30pm.
Mark Arnold is a studio potter who was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and is currently an artist in residence at Pocosin Arts School of Fine Crafts in Columbia NC. Mark began taking ceramic classes at a community college and shortly after transferred to Edinboro University where he received his B.F.A in ceramics. In the spring of 2017 Mark received his M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. Mark’s work is represented by multiple galleries around the country and was recently named one of Ceramics Monthly’s 2018 Emerging Artists.
Cuts and scrapes, smudges and roughed-up edges are the beauty marks covering and decorating Mark Arnold’s functional forms. Whether it be the influence of nature over impeding architecture or vice versa, Arnold creates a harmony between the gridded framework and the subtle surface irregularities. Influences of patchwork quilting, Colorfield painting , and crop sectioning in farming are all visible. Smart use of light-colored terra sigillatas over a dark clay body plays to these influences. The terra sigillata becomes part of the surface of the form rather than blanketing it, allowing the dark and irregular clay form to retain its own integrity. A final layer of black wash over the entire pot creates a distressed composition, which highlights the building imperfections and reinforces the connection to place that Arnold is exploring.