Mark Skudlarek

Wisconsin
Potter
Active since 1978

Being raised on a dairy farm in Central Minnesota may have provided a foundation that sustains me to this day as a wood-fired potter. A strong work ethic, the cyclical nature of the profession and a strong sense of location and purpose all seem transferable from one profession to the other.

I began making pots in 1978 and was intrigued by the responsive nature of the material, the process of making and how the end result translated to a beautiful and functional piece of artwork. ¬†This all was realized while working in a small pottery village in central France when I had an opportunity to work with local or “wild clays” and fire my first wood-burning kiln with locally grown hardwoods. Place, process and purpose seem to culminate with the unpacking of every kiln there.

Function has always been the foundation of my work with shapes inspired by mostly Far Eastern and European traditions. The connection between maker interest me more than anything else and a continued source of inspiration.

 

1989-present, Cambridge Wood-fired Pottery, Cambridge, WI
1988-89, Production potter at Rockdale Union Stoneware, Cambridge, WI
1983-88, Apprenticeship with Todd Piker at the Cornwall Bridge Pottery, Cornwall, CT.
1982-83, La Borne, France. Worked at several potties in the village predominantly firing a variety of wood-burning kilns.
1982, Bachelor of Fine Arts, St Johns University, Collegeville MN

Full curriculum vitae available upon request.

 

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