Mark Gardner lives and works in a small town in North Carolina.
“My work continues a series of highly carved and patterned vessels. The inspiration behind these pieces comes from several sources including the art of Benin, Africa and the islands of the South Pacific. I am attracted to the rhythm of the repeated patterns carved on various ceremonial objects. I like the subtle quality of the carving, like the black on black ceramics of the Southwest. That you may not notice how intricate some of the work is until you are right next to the piece, is for me, an important aspect of the finished piece. Combining a monochrome surface with the precise carving gives the work a quiet strength.”
Please note: All work is individually hand turned, no two are exactly alike.