Mark Hewitt has been making distinctive functional pottery in North Carolina since 1983. He splices what he learned in his native England as an apprentice to pioneering potter, Michael Cardew, onto the pottery traditions of North Carolina and the South, bending those traditions into an elegant contemporary style. He uses local clays and glaze materials, and fires his pots in a one of two very large wood-burning kilns.
Mark works with apprentices, conveying production skills and aesthetic qualities to a new generation. Several of his former apprentices have gone on to establish their own successful independent careers.
In addition, his recent work reassesses aspects of the industrial ceramic world into which he was born – his father and grandfather were Directors of Spode, the fine china manufacturer.
He was the 2014 Voulkos Fellow at the Archie Bray Institute in Helena, MT, a finalist for the 2015 American Craft Council/Balvenie Rare Craft Award, a 2015 United States Artist Fellow, and is current President of the North Carolina Pottery Center, in Seagrove, NC.
I’ve wanted to be part of the Artstream for years, so I’m very excited to part of their show at NCECA 2018 in Pittsburgh. Rather than exhibiting work at a regular gallery where only a few patrons see and buy work, the Artstream allows my work to be seen by thousands of potters. I’ve selected some of my very best smaller pots from recent firings and am delighted to present them to an audience of my peers.
More information about Mark can be found at: hewittpottery.com