Mark started working in ceramics in the 1990s in Ithaca, N.Y. After meeting Sarah 14 years ago, he moved to Hammondsport, N.Y., started Mark Klammer Pottery, and became a Roycroft artisan. Mark was a social worker at the time, but he fell in love with pottery right away. His influences include Russell Wright, mid-century modern design, Asian and Scandinavian simplicity, and rustic chic. The shapes are modern, while the finishes are rustic. His designs complement a multitude of aesthetic sensibilities.
On his approach to ceramics, Mark says, “For me it’s about the flow. When I’m focusing on something, I’m relaxed. Time just flies and I’m at peace. There’s something both magical and immediate about making something out of clay, especially at the wheel. Every time you touch the clay, it changes. I’m always amazed to this day when I take something off the wheel and I really love it—sometimes I can’t believe I did that. I think what drives me to do this is to make stuff that work—functional pieces that you can use in your life on a daily basis but that are also beautiful to look at. I’ve made some losers in my life, but you have to! The losers are invaluable learning experiences.”
Mark has been juried into the prestigious Roycroft Renaissance organization (2008-2016) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show (2015-2016). He has also won numerous awards at highly competitive arts and crafts shows such as 100 American Craftsmen, Arts at the Garden, and Crafts Alliance Fine Craft Show at Chautauqua.