Introducing Mark

Learn about Mark, our awesome Warehouse Manager!

I started out my adult life in the U.S. Air Force in a communications technology field, which means I spent an entire career in technology before finding clay as an art medium. Before my first class, clay was just something you hose off your vehicles and scrape off your shoes. (I grew up in southwest Oklahoma with lots of sticky red clay.)

In August of 2008, I gave myself a birthday present and signed up for a six-week introductory pottery class at Stone Leaf. I think by the end of the first day, I was hooked.

One of the things Ingrid said during one the first sessions stuck with me. She told a little story about when she was in college, first studying ceramics, and she had been struggling with centering on the wheel. I remember her saying that it took her about seven years to learn to center acceptably. We had been talking about the importance of the process of centering to the final product. That was the turning point for me. If it could take up to seven years to master something so basic in the process, I wanted to learn everything there is to learn.

One thing led to another and here I am, four years later, starting on an art degree in college, working full time at Stone Leaf. I don’t even cast a wondering eye back to the world of technology (unless Sophia or my wife needs me to.)


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