Represented by Pucker Gallery since 2014
BORN: 1955 in Stoke-on-Trent, England
RESIDES: Pittsboro, North Carolina
Mark Hewitt has been making distinctive functional pottery in North Carolina since 1983. Fusing what he learned in his native England as an apprentice under Michael Cardew, with the ceramic traditions of the American South, Hewitt bends those aesthetics into an elegant contemporary style. Using local clays and glaze materials, Hewitt fires his pots in a large wood-burning kiln. Most recently, Hewitt's work reassesses aspects of industrial ceramics, the production of which is most familiar to him as his father and grandfather were directors of Spode, the fine china manufacturer. Hewitt was featured on the Origins episode of the PBS television series “Craft in America” in 2009, and with Nancy Sweezy co-curated and wrote an accompanying book for the 2005 exhibition The Potter’s Eye: Art and Tradition in North Carolina Pottery at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. He was the 2014 Voulkos Fellow at the Archie Bray Institute in Helena, Montana, a finalist for the 2015 American Craft Council/Balvenie Rare Craft Award, a 2015 United States Artist (USA) Fellow, and is current President of the North Carolina Pottery Center, in Seagrove. His works are included in numerous museum collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.