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2015 Workshopback to workshops

Pots: Passion and Profession
with Mark Hewitt, 2014 Voulkos Fellow
January 17, 2015

Tuition: FREE
Maximum Enrollment: 40
Open to artists of all levels

Known for his throwing skills, Hewitt will demonstrate a variety of techniques, from simple forms to complex pieces, sectional pots and a large thrown-and-coiled pot. He will also demonstrate his repertoire of decorative surface treatments, including slip trailing, paper cutouts and the use of cut glass scraps. In addition to complex aesthetic considerations, he'll discuss aspects of materiality, effective workshop practices and the relationship between production and the marketplace. 

Call Martha at 406/443-3502 ext. 11 to reserve your spot today.

 

Mark Hewitt, Lincoln Continental
Lincoln Continental


Mark Hewitt, Yard Art

Mark Hewitt

Although the eminent folklorist, Henry Glassie, describes Hewitt as, “A great American master,” Mark Hewitt was actually born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, and is the son and grandson of directors of Spode, manufacturers of fine china wares. As a student at Bristol University in the early 1970's, Hewitt read Bernard Leach's, "A Potter's Book," and decided to become a studio potter rather than an industrial manager. This decision led to a three year apprenticeship with Michael Cardew in Cornwall, England, and later another with Todd Piker in Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut, where he met his wife, Carol. In 1983 they moved to Pittsboro, North Carolina, and set up their pottery. His work has been featured in the Smithsonian Magazine and on the cover of American Craft magazine, he has written extensively in the ceramic press and he has exhibited in London, New York, and Tokyo, as well as throughout the US. Hewitt is well represented in museum and private collections. He and Nancy Sweezy co-curated the highly-regarded exhibition, “The Potter’s Eye: Art and Tradition in North Carolina Pottery,” at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina, in 2005. Hewitt and his work were featured extensively in the nationwide PBS TV series, "Craft in America," and he recently had two major exhibitions of his big pots, one at the Nasher Museum, at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, the other at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans. He demonstrated at the 2011 International Ceramics festival in Aberystwyth, Wales. He is currently President of the Board of Directors at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, North Carolina.

2014 Voulkos Visiting Artist Fellowship

The Bray is pleased to award Mark Hewitt with the 2014 Voulkos Visiting Artist Fellowship. Hewitt will spend the a few weeks in January of 2015 at the Bray working in the Voulkos Visiting Artist studio.

The Voulkos Visiting Artist Fellowship was created in memory of the renowned ceramic artist Peter Voulkos. His family and friends established the fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation to invite a distinguished artist to work at the Bray each year. Peter Voulkos taught by example, working alongside other artists in the studio, fostering artistic exchange and dialogue, and nurturing mutual respect. In the same spirit, the Voulkos Fellow is invited to work in an environment that encourages interaction among the artists and the Bray community.