Saturday, December 24, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

All I want for Christmas...

New Refuge Gervasutti, from Leapfactory, an Italian company. This is designed as a luxury retreat for mountain climbers in the Alps. I would get my ass helicoptered up to it, that looks like a hard climb. Check out the full article at Dezeen.

Pe Lang's Moving Objects Series


moving objects series | nÂș 68 - 427 from pe lang on Vimeo.

I found these on Arthur Hash's awesome blog- The Art Escpape Plan. Check out his website as well, his work is really, really, really, really cool.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

My Roommate, James Ward




This is the work of my roommate, James Ward. I helped him take photos of his work for the ELF Fair at the Carrborro Arts Center. Check out the work there, and buy some! It's beautiful stuff.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Hello There, Internet

The new shop

The Manor

New Yard Art

Local clay turned into a casting body (really exciting!)

New work!

Well... It's been a while since I have updated my blog, for which I am sorry. I have moved myself, my stuff, and my kilns from Penland, NC to Orange County NC (between Hillsborough and Chapel Hill). It has been an adventure, but I think things are finally coming together. I fired my first bisque/ cone 10 cycle in a new gas kiln with mixed results. The house is an old cabin which has been added on to over the years. The water comes out of a spring fed pond, and in addition to drying up all the time, it is totally unsuitable for using in glazes or clay body mixtures. I have been buying distilled water from the grocery store and we set up a rainwater catchment system. I have plans for making a still to get pure water, but there are only so many hours in the day... Any ways, I hope to update this more often and show some of the interesting problems and solutions that occur when trying to set up a production studio in this sort of environment. Stay tuned, and as always, thanks for reading!
If you have any ideas about water purification, d.i.y. power generation, or generally being off the grid, email me: mark@markwarrenstudio.com


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New Cups, eHow.com, etc

New cups. Slipcast, Cone 10
I love this faux marble trippy background.

In case you wondered, I use the following recipe for this translucent body:
Grolleg: 41%
G200 feldspar: 41%
SiO2 (200 mesh): 18%
and for a batch of 50 pounds, 75grams Sodium Silicate
Thats it, super easy and really pretty.
credit where credit is due- Tom Spleth came up with recipe, and I'm never kidding when I say that he has taught me everything I know about ceramics.

Also, check out eHow.com's article on identifying slip cast work, in which I am the "expert" consulted. Its good information, and I'm not (too) nitpicky, so I would say it is mostly correct. The author of the article was supercool, and it was really fun to get interviewed.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

New Work, July 2011





Slipcast, Cone 10
Fired in my sweet new electric kiln. This is the first batch.

Mushroom Pieces


Not really planned, but a funny thing happens when I combine a bowl and a vase of the new series.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Kegs of Acid Music Video


Josh Carrigan and I made this video while I was in Philadelphia a few months ago. The footage is from my house in Mississippi, Josh's trip to Florida, and New Years Eve 2011, taken by Josh. We had no idea how to use iMovie, and this was the result.
The soundtrack is from a sound collage we made for the first Kegs of Acid tour, under the guru leadership of Chris Burke.

Beast


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Woody Cells of Conifer


Woody Cells of Conifer. From bibliodyssey.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Vespoe

Also, check out Vespoe.com, its a great website, AND check out my shop on there.

Model Citizens show at the Chelsea Art Museum





My display.

It was an awesome experience and I met lots of awesome people. I don't have images, but please check out Leah Piepgras' work (it's amazing AND off putting, AND compelling, AND her and her husband Colin rock) , Rebecca Marshal with Paper No. 9 and Dave with Jack Profane, my neighbors. Check out the Model Citizens Website for links to reviews about the show.

AND I got my model spaceships featured on PSFK. AWESOME!

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Moon by David Berman



Photos of the moon in Mississippi, 2011


A web of sewer, pipe, and wire connects each house to the others.
In 206 a dog sleeps by the stove where a small gas leak causes him to have visions; 
visions that are rooted in nothing but gas. 
Next door, a man who has decided to buy a car part by part excitedly 
unpacks a wheel and an ashtray. 
He arranges them every which way. It’s really beginning to take shape. 
Out the garage window he sees a group of ugly children enter the forest. 
Their mouths look like coin slots. 
A neighbor plays keyboards in a local cover band.
 Preparing for an engagement at the high school prom, 
they pack their equipment in silence. 
Last night they played the Police Academy Ball and all the officers slow-danced
 with target range silhouettes. 
This year the theme for the prom is the Tetragrammaton. 
A yellow Corsair sails through the disco parking lot and swaying palms presage the
 lot of young libertines. 
Inside the car a young lady wears a 
corsage of bullet-sized rodents.
Her date, the handsome cornerback, stretches his talons over the molded steering wheel. 
They park and walk into the lush starlit gardens behind the disco just as the band is striking up. 
Their keen eyes and ears twitch. The other couples look beautiful tonight. They stroll around
 listening to the brilliant conversation. The passionate speeches.
Clouds drift across the silverware. There is red larkspur, blue gum, and ivy. A boy kneels before his date. 
And the moon, I forgot to mention the moon.
-David Berman, 1999

Monday, April 25, 2011

Model Citizens and Updates

I apologize for it being so long since updating last. It has been an exciting couple of weeks.
It all started inauspiciously, however, when I got waitlisted at NC State for the industrial design and outright denied for MIT's ACT program. Oh well.

So then I was in Florida and Mississippi for about two weeks visiting family and doing some work on the farm in Mississippi. While there, I got an unexpected e-mail inviting me to be a part of Model Citizens NYC's 2011 show for Design Week. It is going to be held in the Chelsea Art Museum from May 12th - 15th.
I am extremely excited to be a part of this show, please check out their website and see what Model Citizens is all about, it's a really awesome concept and the artists/designers/ craftspeople they select and support are super talented. I'm extremely flattered and excited to be a part of what they are doing. If you live in NYC, please please stop by and say hi. I will be showing my ceramic work and some drawings of cups.
In other news, if you live in Chapel Hill, please check out the new show at LIGHT going up on May 7th. I will have some drawings and new tableware. LIGHT is a fantastic gallery, and I am really happy to be showing work with artist's whose work I respect as much as Amy Tavern and Leigh Suggs. Cindy, who owns and curates the gallery has been extremely supportive of my work ever since we took Clarence Morgan's class and sat next to each other during the summer of 2010.

This is a picture of the ceiling in Mississippi. I took some photos there which I will post soon.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Mark Warren, A Retrospective





I am giving a talk at the 50th anniversary of the elementary school where I attended, and where my mother still teaches kindergarten. My mom has kept what appears to be every single drawing I have ever done in a box. No matter how strange or bizarre my obsessions were, she always encouraged me. I can only imagine what it would be like to hear a 5 year old ramble on and on about marsupials and dinosaurs.
I must have been a very odd kid. Thanks to Kelly Sherrod for taking these pictures!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Work in Progess


Elizabeth's awesome idea. She says it was influenced by St. Eom of Buena Vista, GA. The goal is to completely cover the hardie board behind the stove pipe with tin can lids. It takes forever to do, but looks great. Stay tuned for the final piece.

Drawings of Unrealized Forms









Saturday, March 26, 2011

Whats up with Australia?


Some amazing photos by Petrina Hicks. Check out her website and her most recent series.
She is Australian. Australia seems like a really awesome place.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Oldest Known Photo of Tornado

The oldest known photograph of a tornado. South Dakota, August 28th 1884.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

WebPRESENCE

I have been very busy moving to my new studio space (pictures soon) and new house (with the inimitable Elizabeth Brimm), and then took a little vacation with my very special lady, Hannah. So now I'm back to it, working that is. So stay tuned for new developments as I test new slip casting bodies and glazes, in addition to making new molds.

In the meantime, I thought it would be cool to give a shout out to two awesome websites that have featured my work recently- notcot.org and dornob.com
DORNOB:
NOTCOT:

Monday, February 28, 2011

Boats

Soda/Salt
Reduction, Celadon Glaze

Some glaze experiments, just funning around.