Mark Mitchell

Mitchell initially trained as a production potter. He began a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Wanganui Polytechnic School of Arts in 1998, completing his degree in Otago and graduating in 2002.  

For a number of years he was Pottery Tutor at Hungry Creek Art School before giving up teaching to concentrate on his own art practice.

Mitchell’s recent work focusses on producing slab built, press-moulded forms - working within the context of the vessel. His exploration of surface design and pattern using terra sigillata and oxides is grounded in a New Zealand and Pacific landscape.

Mitchell won the Premier Award at the prestigious Portage Ceramic Awards in Auckland in 2019.  He has undertaken artist residencies in both China and Japan and his work is held in both private and public collections including the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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