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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Mark Chatterley




Mark Chatterley



Mark Chatterley creates larger-than-life ceramic figures with lava-like glazes. Seeming to have emerged from the earth's crust, the creations of a fire god millions of years ago, his sculpture possesses a primordial presence that transcends time and geography. One might expect to find a silent grouping of his work on a South Pacific island, in an African savanna, or perhaps atop an Irish knoll. The figures are not "pretty," and they sometimes have an edge of intensity, not unlike Magdalena Abakanowicz' works. Yet, their power is expressed through an astonishing, primitive grace. After building a kiln to accommodate his seven-foot tall, one-piece, free-standing figures, he set himself free to explore "the archetypal images that go beyond culture and time that Jung wrote about."
Chatterley has emerged as one of the strongest ceramic sculptors of our time. He has contributed to the force taking ceramics from the level of craft to that of high art. In recent years, he has cast several of his large works in bronze.














Curriculum Vitae
Education
Master of Fine Arts, Department of Art, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, June, 1981
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Department of Art, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, June, 1979



















Awards
2003 "Merit Award," Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO
2003 "Best of Show," Fine Art at Meadow Brook, Rochester Hills, MI
2002 "First Place Sculpture," Festival of the Masters, Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL
2002 "First Place Sculpture," Crosby Festival of the Arts, Toledo, OH
2002 "Second Place 3-D Non-Functional," Fountain Square Art Festival, Evanston, IL
2002 "Distinguished Award for Clay," Royal Oak Clay & Glass Art Show, Royal Oak, MI
2000 "Silver Purchase Award," The Sixth Taiwan Golden Ceramics Awards, Taipei County Yingo
Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2000 "Award of Distinction," Art Festival Beth-El, Temple Beth-El, St. Petersburg, FL
1999 "Second Place," National Ceramic Competition, Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, Florence, AL
1998 "Award," Lakefront Festival of the Arts, Milwaukee, WI
1998 "Award of Merit," Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award, Auckland Museum, Auckland, New Zealand
1998 "Best of Show," Art Festival Beth-El, Temple Beth-El, St. Petersburg, FL
1998 "Purchase Award," Art Festival Beth-El, Temple Beth-El, St. Petersburg, FL
1997 "Award," Lakefront Festival of the Arts, Milwaukee, WI
1996 "Purchase Award," Art Festival Beth-El, Temple Beth-El, St. Petersburg, FL
1996 "Award of Honor," Art Festival Beth-El, Temple Beth-El, St. Petersburg, FL
1995 "Award," Art on the Green, Franklin, MI
1995 "First Place," "Michigan Ceramics '95," Michigan Potters' Association, Habatat-Shaw Gallery, Pontiac, MI
1994 "Best of Show," East Lansing Art Festival, East Lansing, MI






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