Bio

Mark has exhibited in London, New York and Tokyo, as well as throughout the US. He is well-represented in museum and private collections, including the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum. He had two major exhibitions of his big pots at the Nasher Museum at Duke University in 2010 and at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans in 2011.

His work has been featured in numerous publications including the Smithsonian magazine, the cover of American Craft magazine, and he has written extensively in the ceramic press. Mark and his work were featured in the PBS TV series Craft in America.

Mark and Nancy Sweezy co-curated the highly-regarded exhibition, The Potter’s Eye: Art and Tradition in North Carolina Pottery at the North Carolina Museum of Art October 2005 – March 2006. UNC Press published a superbly illustrated catalogue/book for the show. In 2017 Mark curated a show entitled Great Pots from the Traditions of North and South at the North Carolina Pottery Center.

Highlights amongst Mark’s numerous accolades include being named a United States Artists Fellow in 2015, one of the five finalists for the American Craft Council’s Balvenie Rare Craft Award in 2014, the Archie Bray Foundation’s Voulkos Fellowship in 2014 for outstanding contributions to the ceramic arts, Best in Show at the NC Botanical Garden’s Sculpture in the Garden exhibition in 2013 and 2014, and the Sam Ragan Award by St. Andrew’s University in 2013.

Mark served as President and member of the Board of Directors at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC from 2005 – 2018.

 


Publications

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The Potter’s Eye: Art and Tradition in North Carolina Pottery is a catalogue/book from the exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC, October 30, 2005 – March 19, 2006.

Published by UNC Press and written by Mark Hewitt and Nancy Sweezy, with photography by Jason Dowdle. The book is available in hardcover with 235 color images throughout its 296 pages.

To order The Potter’s Eye, please call us at 919.542.2731.

Read the review in Ceramics in America (2006)

 


Articles

April 2014, “Alexander Matisse’s Soft Touch” by Mark Hewitt – introduction to Alex Matisse: New Ceramics, Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester online catalog

March 2014, “Where are the Studio Potters?” – Notes by Mark Hewitt for the panel discussion at the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), Milwaukee, WI.

October 2012, “Sweetening the Pot: Reviewing a Resilient Tradition” – essay by Mark Hewitt for Traditional Pottery: Back to the Future, a Symposium, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC

January/February 2012 Ceramic Review 253, Mark Hewitt, “A Colony of Dreamers: Mark Hewitt reflects on his journey from Stoke-on-Trent to North Carolina.”

Summer 2010, “Mark in Place” by Henry Glassie and  “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” by Tanya Harrod – essays for exhibition catalog for the “Mark Hewitt: Falling Into Place,” at the Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art

Fall 2008, “Ceramics: Art and Perception”, Book Review of Searching for Beauty by Richard Jacobs

June 2007, Ceramics Monthly, “Functional Pride: Putting the Fun Back into Functional Pottery

March 16-19, 2005, “Apprenticeship: An Educational Alternative –Who’d be a Potter?“, at the 39th Annual NCECA Conference (National Council for the Ceramics Arts), Baltimore, MD

March/April 2005,The Village Rambler cover article “Studio Potter Mark Hewitt by Dave Korzon

December 2004, American Craft cover article,”Mark Hewitt: Village Potter” by Ed Lebow

October 2004. Essay in “The Poetry in North Carolina Pottery,” in North Carolina Pottery: The Collection of the Mint Museums, UNC Press

December 2004 Clay Times cover article, “Making Mega Pots,”by Wendy Summers

December 2002 Studio Potter: “Mark Hewitt – Outside,” by Henry Glassie

December 2002 Ceramics: Art and Perception #50: “Marking Time,” by Robert Yellin

May 8, 2002 Japan Times: “Heart and Soul in Your Hands,” Robert Yellin

April 2002 Ceramics Monthly: “The Iced Tea Ceremony

July 3, 2001 Wall Street Journal: “The Magic of a Very Hot Fire,” Jim Morrison

June 2001 Ceramics: Art and Perception #44, “Just Another Mug

October 2000 Studio Potter: “Tradition is the Future

1999 Aesthetics Panel, “Just Another Mug

October 1998 Smithsonian Magazine, “Fired with Finesse” by Jim Morrison

May 1997 Ceramics: Art and Perception #28, “Jeff Shapiro’s Gestures of Creativity” Mark Hewitt

September 1997 Ceramics: Art and Perception #29, “A Pot in the Hand,” Mark Hewitt

December 1995 Studio Potter, “Conversations,” with Janet Mansfield and Emily Galusha

March 1995 Ceramics Monthly, “Svend Bayer

January 1995 Ceramic Review, “Stuck in the Mud

September 1993 Ceramics: Art and Perception #12, “Carrying on a Tradition” by Charles G. Zug III

July 1993 Ceramic Review, “Stuck in the Mud

April 1991 Ceramics Monthly, cover article, “The Making of a Potter


 Exhibition Catalogs

Mark Hewitt – Big-Hearted Pots” – solo exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LO, January 2011

Mark Hewitt: Falling into Place” – solo exhibition at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC, Summer 2010

Mark Hewitt: Potter” – solo exhibition at the Visual Arts Gallery, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, October 2002

Mark Hewitt: Outside” (excerpt by Henry Glassie) solo exhibition at the Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC, April 2002

Mark Hewitt: Stuck in the Mud” September – October 1992 Belk Gallery, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC


Full Resume

BACKGROUND
Born in Stoke-on-Trent, England; father and grandfather were Directors of Spode.
1976-1979; Apprenticed to Michael Cardew at Wenford Bridge Pottery, Bodmin, England.
1979-1983; Apprenticed to Todd Piker at Cornwall Bridge Pottery, Cornwall Bridge, CT, USA.
1978-79, 1982; Independent study of traditional potteries in West Africa, Taiwan, Korea and Japan.

EDUCATION
1976: B.Soc.Sci. in Geography, University of Bristol, England.

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
Harvard Art Museum, Cambridge, MA
Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA
High Museum, Atlanta, GA  see Exhibition Gallery
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA
National Arboretum, Washington, DC
Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, NC
Spencer Museum, Kansas City, KS
Mint Museums, Charlotte, NC
Ackland Museum, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC
Rocky Mount Arts center, Rocky Mount, NC
North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC
Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN see Exhibition Gallery
Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC
Gregg Museum, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Mt Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Flint Institute of  Arts, Flint, MI

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
February/March 2017  Pucker Gallery, Boston, MA, “500 Percent”
February 2015   Pucker Gallery, Boston, MA,  “At the Crossroads”
June 2013   Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville NC, “Potent Pots”                   
May 2013   Berkshire Botanical Gardens, Stockbridge, MA, “Rare Earth”
January 2011  Ogden Museum, New Orleans, LO, essays by Allan Gurganus and Christopher Benfey – view catalogue
February 2010  Nasher Museum, Duke University, Durham, NC, “Falling Into Place,” essays by Tanya Harrod and Henry Glassie
Sept 2007    Signature Shop, Atlanta, GA
June 2004   Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA
October 2003    Signature Shop, Atlanta, GA
May 2002    Gallery Yufuku, Tokyo, Japan
April 2002    Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC (inaugural show in the Sculpture Court) see Exhibition Gallery
June 2001    Gallery Dai Ichi Arts, 24 West 57th Street, New York, NY
August 2000    Harlequin Gallery, London, England

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
2015  “Apprenticelines,” curated by Mark Shapiro, NCECA Providence, RI
2014   Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, Zanesville, OH
2009  “A Unique Likeness,” Rocky Mount Arts Center, NC
2008  AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
2007  Ferrin Gallery, NCECA, Louisville, KY
2006  Governor’s Executive Mansion, NC Craft Exhibition, Raleigh, NC
2004  Ferrin Gallery, SOFA Chicago
2003  21st Century Ceramics in the US and Canada, Columbus, OH

EXHIBITIONS AS CURATOR
October 2005-March 2006 “The Potter’s Eye: Art and Tradition in North Carolina Pottery,” at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC. Co-curator with Nancy Sweezy. Book accompanying the exhibition  written by Mark Hewitt and Nancy Sweezy, published by UNC Press.

SELECTED DEMONSTRATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
March 2014  NCECA, Milwaukee, Panel Discussion, “Where are the Studio Potters?”
June 2013  La Meridiana International School of Ceramica, Tuscany, Italy, 2 week workshop
July 2011 International Ceramic Festival, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK
Feb 2007 Canadian Clay Symposium, Vancouver, BC, Canada
April 2005 Functional Ceramics Workshop, Wooster, OH
June 2004 Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
April 2003 10th National Australian Ceramics Conference, Bendigo (also Keynote Speaker)
March 2000 NCECA, Columbus, OH, USA

PUBLICATIONS
2017 North Carolina Pottery Center, Great Pots from the Traditions of North and South, edited by Mark Hewitt, Photography by Jason Dowdle
CarolinaFebruary/March 2017  Pucker Gallery, Boston, MA,  “500 Percent” Catalogue essay by Mark Shapiro
February 2015, Pucker Gallery, “At The Crossroads,” Catalogue essay by Christopher Benfey
April 2014,  CFile, History File: “Mark Hewitt: Abuja 1978”, by Mark Hewitt
April 2014, “Alexander Matisse’s Soft Touch” by Mark Hewitt – introduction to Alex Matisse: New Ceramics, Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester online catalog
March 2014, “Where are the Studio Potters?” – Notes by Mark Hewitt for the panel discussion at the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), Milwaukee, WI.
October 2012, “Sweetening the Pot: Reviewing a Resilient Tradition” – essay by Mark Hewitt for Traditional Pottery: Back to the Future, a Symposium, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
January/February 2012 Ceramic Review 253, Mark Hewitt, “A Colony of Dreamers: Mark Hewitt reflects on his journey from Stoke-on-Trent to North Carolina.”
March 2011 “Potters in Print: History, Research, and Publication,” an essay for a co-lecture with Mark Shapiro at the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), Tampa, FL
January 2011 The Ogden Museum catalogue with essays by Christopher Benfey, “Mark Hewitt at the Crossroads,” and Mark Hewitt, “A Few of My Favorite Things About North Carolina Pottery.”
Summer 2010 The Nasher Museum exhibition catalogue, with essays by Tanya Harrod, “The Artist as a Young Man,” and Henry Glassie, “Mark in Place.”
July 2009 Clay Times, “Conversations: Mark Hewitt,” by Joe Campbell
May 2009 Ceramics Monthly, “Working Potter,” by Mark Hewitt
Fall 2008 Ceramics: Art and Perception, Book Review of “Searching for Beauty,” by Richard Jacobs
October 2007 “I Want to Lie Down and Sleep in Its Shadow,” an essay by Mark in the exhibition catalogue to Svend’s Bayer’s show at Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham, UK
June 2007 Ceramics Monthly, “Functional Pride: Putting the Fun Back into Functional Pottery,” by Mark Hewitt
October 2005 UNC Press, The Potter’s Eye: Art and Tradition in North Carolina Pottery, Mark Hewitt and Nancy Sweezy
April 2005 The Rambler, “Moving the Earth a Little Closer to Heaven,” by Dave Korzon
March 2005 NCECA, “Who’d Be a Potter?” Apprenticeship: An Educational Alternative
December 2004 Clay Times, cover article, “Mammoth Pots,” by Wendy Summers
December 2004 American Craft, cover article, “Village Potter”, by Ed Lebow
October 2004 “The Poetry in North Carolina Pottery,” in “North Carolina Pottery: The Collection of the Mint Museums,” UNC Press
December 2002 Studio Potter: “Mark Hewitt – Outside,” by Henry Glassie
December 2002 Ceramics: Art and Perception #50, “Marking Time,” by Robert Yellin
May 8, 2002 Japan Times, “Heart and Soul in Your Hands,” Robert Yellin
April 2002 Ceramics Monthly, “The Iced Tea Ceremony,” Mark Hewitt
July 3, 2001 Wall Street Journal: “The Magic of a Very Hot Fire,” Jim Morrison
June 2001 Ceramics: Art and Perception #44, “Just Another Mug,” Mark Hewitt
October 2000 Studio Potter, “Tradition is the Future,” Mark Hewitt
October 1998 Smithsonian Magazine, “Fired with Finesse,” Jim Morrison
September 1997 Ceramics: Art and Perception #29, “A Pot in the Hand,” Mark Hewitt
May 1997 Ceramics: Art and Perception #28, “Jeff Shapiro’s Gestures of Creativity,” Mark Hewitt
January 1996 Studio Potter, “Conversations,” with Janet Mansfield and Emily Galusha
September 1993 Ceramics: Art and Perception #12 “Carrying on a Tradition,” Charles G. Zug III
April 1991 Ceramics Monthly, cover article, “The Making of a Potter,” Mark Hewitt

TV
October 2009 PBS TV nationwide, “Craft in America,” Origins episode

TEACHING
Spring 2009 Adjunct Professor, UNC Chapel Hill, with Prof. Townsend Ludington, “Reading American Culture through Pottery, Painting, and Prose”

BOARDS
2008 – 2018  Past President and Board Member, North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC