Visiting Artist Workshop with Mark Hewitt: At the Crossroads

Date: 

Friday, February 20, 2015, 10:00am to 5:00pm

Location: 

Ceramics Studio

mark hewittPresented By Ceramics Program

Spend the day with British-born, North Carolina-based potter, Mark Hewitt as he brings a bit of the South to New England and discusses approaching traditional methods with a contemporary eye. During the workshop, Hewitt will throw and decorate large and small pots, and discuss issues of taste, excellence, and athleticism with regard to contemporary craft and practice, and how they relate to the marketplace.

This event is free for Harvard Students, $75 for those enrolled in a course, $125 for Adults not enrolled in a course. Seats are limited.

For questions regarding the workshop, email Kathy King at kking@fas.harvard.edu.

To register, go here or email Shawn Panepinto at panepint@fas.harvard.edu.

Related Event
At The Crossroads: Pottery by Mark Hewitt
Pucker Gallery

and

Artist Talk at Pucker Gallery
Sunday, February 22, 2-4 PM
Please RSVP to Tory Belin at tory@puckergallery.com
At their NEW location
240 Newbury Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02116

Artist Biography:
Born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, Mark Hewitt is the son and grandson of directors of Spode, the fine china manufacturers. As a student at Bristol University in the early 1970's, Mark 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, and later another with Todd Piker in Connecticut, where Mark met his wife, Carol.

In 1983 they moved to Pittsboro, NC and set up their pottery. Mark built a very large wood-burning kiln and began making the distinctive functional pots for which he is known, specializing in very large planters, vases, and jars, along with finely made smaller items. He uses local clays and blends the different North Carolina folk traditions together into a contemporary style that has attracted a sizeable following. His work has been featured in 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. He is well represented in museum and private collections.

Mark 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, NC in 2006 and has been featured extensively in the PBS TV series, Craft in America.