Mark's work is mind-blowing. He has finessed the world of slab building, combined with glazes, decals, screenprinting and in particular a design style that others would be made to copy. He embellishes the large bowl/vessels with gold foil, crackle glaze, careful masking and inking, creating patterns that are unique to each piece. In a New Zealand home of a ceramic or object collector, a Mark Mitchel is a must. ARTFORM
Mark grew up in NZ in a creative environment where he was always curious to see what his father had been inventing in his studio. His background in ceramics began in 1996 when he was initially working in a commercial pottery in Auckland, and then self-employed as a slip caster for 2 years.
He began my Fine Arts degree at Wanganui Quay School of Art, completing my final year of the degree at Otago Polytechnic School of Art in 2001. From 2002- 2005 he was employed as the Pottery Tutor at Hungry Creek Art School, Auckland. Here, he continued to develop mould making and throwing skills, slab building processes, and surface treatments using terra sigilatta, decals, enamels, and screen printing.
He was chosen to represent NZ as an emergent Artist at the Fule International Ceramic Museums in China in 2007, where he worked alongside a group of internationally recognised Artists for 7 weeks. This was situated in an industrial tile and brick factory in the Shaanxi province, China.
In 2009 he was recipient of a 3 month residency in Shigaraki Cultural Ceramic Park, Japan, awarded by The Japan Foundation, Sydney. This gave him the opportunity to solely focus on creating a new body of work in an internationally recognized ceramic residency programme. After spending a couple of years in Australia he returned to NZ in 2011 to settle in Northland with his partner, Lisa.