I particularly enjoy making functional pots that fulfill specific purposes, such as mugs, teapots, and jars. I am currently exploring repetition and patterns from my past bike riding experience and how this relationship can help determine subtle variations of form and surface. Architecture of cities and bridges along with abstract expressionism also influence my surface design and color pallet. With the use of lines, dots, circles and squares the surface is broken up to create a 3 dimensional painting. Although one pot can stand strong alone when grouped together they can reference a cityscape or skyline.
— Mark Arnold
Mark Arnold was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Mark is a 2nd year MFA candidate at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Before ceramics Mark traveled the country for about 10 years riding BMX bikes. In doing so he had the opportunity of living in multiple cities that are an influence in his utilitarian pottery today. After an accident that kept Mark on crutches for about 6 month he started taking ceramics classes at a community college and shortly after transferred to Edinboro University where he received his B.F.A in ceramics.