Mark Mitchell grew up in NZ in a creative environment - I was always curious to see what my father had been inventing in his studio. My background in ceramics began in 1996 when I was working in a commercial pottery in Auckland. I then became self-employed as a slip caster for 2 years.
I completed my Fine Arts degree IN 2001 and from 2002- 2005 was employed as the Pottery Tutor at Hungry Creek Art School, Auckland. Here I continued to develop mold making and throwing skills, slab building processes, and surface treatments using terra sigilatta, decals, enamels, and screen printing.
I was chosen to represent NZ as an emerging Artist at the Fule International Ceramic Museums in China in 2007, where I worked alongside a group of internationally recognized Artists for 7 weeks. This was situated in an industrial tile and brick factory in the Shaanxi province, China.
In 2009 I was recipient of a 3 month residency in Shigaraki Cultural Ceramic Park, Japan, awarded by The Japan Foundation, Sydney. This gave me the opportunity to solely focus on creating a new body of work in an internationally recognized ceramic residency programme. Since then I have been creating ceramic art - vessels, wall art and sculpture.
Click on the images below to see enlargements of some of my work and scroll through the slideshow.