Unlike his pottery peers, contemporary ceramicist Mark Hewitt did not come from a long line of North Carolina potters. In fact, he did not come from North Carolina at all. Hewitt was born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, England, near the Spode china factory. Hewitt's grandfather, Arthur Hewitt, took over as the director of Spode in the 1930s. Arthur Hewitt was responsible for major changes at Spode, most notably moving their production away from coal-burning kilns and into electrical and gas-powered kilns and other processes. Hewitt's son Gordon succeeded him at Spode, and it was expected that Mark would follow in their footsteps. But Mark was exposed to the world of studio pottery at university, and he decided to make that his focus rather than his father and grandfather's world of industrial pottery. Hewitt moved to Pittsboro, North Carolina in 1983, and set up his own studio. Since then the artisan with the English pottery roots has become a pillar in the North Carolina pottery community.
All three of these potters follow not only in their own fathers' footsteps, but in the tradition of North Carolina pottery in general, which is one long line of skills being passed down from generation to generation, hopefully far into the future.
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