Mark Mitchell grew up in NZ in a creative environment - 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 working in a commercial pottery in Auckland. He then became self-employed as a slip caster for 2 years.
He completed his Fine Arts degree IN 2001 and from 2002- 2005 was employed as the Pottery Tutor at Hungry Creek Art School, Auckland. Here he continued to develop mold 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 emerging Artist at the Fule International Ceramic Museums in China in 2007, where he 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 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. Since then he has been creating ceramic art - vessels, wall art and sculpture.
Click on the images below to see enlargements of some of his work and scroll through the slideshow.