Lot Details & Additional Photographs
The larger numbered 77 and the smaller numbered 80, (denoting firing numbers) both with impressed WMH glyph, the larger with applied handles.
Heights 12 and 10.5 in.The Estate of the late Frank Daniels, Jr. and his wife Julia Jones Daniels, Raleigh, North Carolina. A portion of the sale proceeds will be donated to the North Carolina Museum of History Foundation
Born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, Mark is the son and grandson of directors of Spode, the fine china manufacturers. Well-known for his distinctive functional pots, Mark specializes in very large planters and jars, along with finely made smaller items all handmade in his large wood-fired kiln located in Pittsboro, North Carolina. He uses local clays and blends the different North Carolinian folk traditions together into a contemporary style that has attracted a sizeable following. Mark is past President of the Board of Directors at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, and a member of the board from 2005 – 2018.
As a student at Bristol University in the early 1970s, 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.
Mark’s work has been featured in numerous publications including the Smithsonian magazine, the cover of American Craft magazine, and he has written extensively in the ceramic press. Mark has exhibited in London, New York and Tokyo, as well as throughout the US. He is well-represented in museum and private collections and the recipient of numerous awards, including: the Sam Ragan Award given by St. Andrew’s University in Laurinburg, NC for contributions to the Fine Arts of North Carolina in 2013; the 2014 Voulkos Fellowship by the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana for outstanding contributions to the ceramic arts; twice, in both 2013 and 2014, he won Best In Show at the North Carolina Botanical Garden ‘Sculpture in the Garden’ exhibition. Mark was one of five finalists for the 2015 American Craft Council’s, “Balvenie Rare Craft Award.”
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