Mark Hewitt, 2018
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Mark Hewitt

Born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, Mark Hewitt is a descendant of directors of Spode, fine china manufacturers. He apprenticed with Michael Cardew and later with Todd Piker in Connecticut. In 1983 he set up a pottery in Pittsboro, North Carolina, where he uses local clays and bends North Carolinian folk traditions into a contemporary style. Hewitt has received numerous prestigious awards, and is President of the Board of Directors at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, North Carolina.  


Alkaline-glazed stoneware fifteen gallon storage jar, Daniel Seagle (1805-1867), Catawba Valley, North Carolina.
I wonder, are there degrees of traditionalism? Are some traditional potters more traditional than others? There is no litmus test to determine whether someone is a tradi­tional potter, no seal of authenticity verifying membership. So what is at the core of tradition?
Beatrice Wood - Vol. 21 No. 2, June 1993
Above the commode in Dwight Holland's upstairs bathroom reads a placard, "Ideas won't keep, something must be done about them." Six years ago an idea was floated to try to gather a 11 of North Carolina's potters together to watch some pottery movies, and thanks to the efforts of Dwight and the late Dorothy and Walter Auman, the idea was expanded and the First North Carolina Pottery Conference was organized.
Gallon Pitcher. Kaolin slip drips with celadon glazed neck. 14 in. Wood fired. 1992. Photo Robin Alexander.
Twenty years ago, on the occasion of my twenty-first birthday, my brother James gave me a copy of The Unknown Craftsman by Soetsu Yanagi. I had already inhaled Leach's A Potter's Book and was enthralled by all I had read. I knew that I had found my calling. 
Mark Hewitt. Half Gallon Pitcher, 2018. 12 x 7 in. Ash glazed neck with kaolin slip swags, wood-fired salt glaze.
Contemporary wood-firing potters are inevitably representative of a continuum of past practices, and as such we speak to the complexity of our past and present.