MFA, Michigan State University
BFA, Michigan State University
Mark Chatterley started throwing pots over thirty years ago. Feeling limited by the shapes he could form on the wheel, it wasn’t until he returned to school in pursuit of his Masters, that he began sculpting clay by hand. He now deals with large-scale sculptural ceramic pieces that he makes by himself, focusing primarily on the figure, with a metaphysical theme. Each piece is unique with the surface ranging from a shiny metallic to a crusty texture reminiscent of rusted metal or weathered stone.
. . . I have a true love for clay. Everything about it recalls pleasurable things. The smell reminds me of rain on a hot summer day. And the range of textures - from smooth and sensual like cream cheese to rough and gritty like sand on a beach - is always a delight. Clay is a malleable, forgiving material that allows extensive alteration. I have found that the only limits of clay are the boundaries of my imagination. For me art is about communicating with other people. Reaching out in a visual way and putting it out there.
Check out our interview with Mark here