Mark Peters makes wheel-thrown, wood-fired functional pottery. Each piece is made by hand, often altered or assembled off the wheel. His work is a collaboration with clay and fire. Working with the clay’s inherent qualities to make objects that are complimented through the wood firing, Mark creates pots that demand attention and respect. Organic and loose in form yet bold and defined in structure, his pots have unique characteristics that make each pot one of a kind
Mark Peters at MudFire
Mark Peters Artist Bio
In 1998, We moved to the foot of Roan Mountain in Mitchell County, North Carolina. We have created a working pottery studio and gallery from an old barn on our property.
I graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1997 from the University of Tennessee. Since then, I have been working as a self-employed potter, teacher and kiln designer. My work has been featured in many books and magazines. I've also had my pots displayed in ceramic shows throughout the country.
I am currently a member of the Toe River Arts Council, a local arts group devoted to promoting the arts of our region. Each spring and fall, Pine Root Pottery participates in the Arts Council's studio tours, weekend open houses for the public. I have the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors for the Energy Xchange, an innovative business incubator program that uses methane from a landfill to support entrepreneurs in starting, managing and operating new businesses in the crafts of glass blowing and pottery. I'm also a founding member of Potters of the Roan, a Bakersville potter's guild. The Roan potter's mission is to better educate and market the ceramic talent in the community.
I make wheel-thrown, wood-fired functional pottery. Each piece is made by hand - a lot of the work is altered or assembled off the wheel. My work is a collaboration between me, the clay, and the fire. I work with the clay's inherent qualities to make objects that are complimented through the wood firing. Processes in nature such as wind, gravity, and erosion inspire my work. Each pot is organic and loose in form while bold and defined in structure. Wood firing is an intensive process, physically demanding but worth the work. Wood fired pots demand attention and respect. They have unique characteristics that make each pot one of a kind.