Mark Arnold is one of our ‘A Taste of Touchstone’ Artists who will also be teaching at Touchstone in 2018!

Visit The Allegany Arts Council’s Saville Gallery in Cumberland, MD from February 3-17, 2018 for ‘A Taste of Touchstone’ Gallery Exhibit. More information: A Taste of Touchstone

Mark Arnold was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mark is currently an artist-in-residence at Pocosin Arts School of Fine Crafts in Columbia, North Carolina. Before ceramics, Mark traveled the country for about ten years riding BMX bikes. In doing so, he had the opportunity of living in multiple cities that are an influence in his utilitarian pottery today. After an accident that kept Mark on crutches for about six months, he started taking ceramic classes at a community college and shortly after, transferred to Edinboro University where he received his BFA in ceramics. In the spring of 2017, Mark received his MFA from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville.

To see more of Mark’s work visit and follow him on Instagram @markarnold_ceramics

Mark will be teaching ‘Working with Press Molds‘ at Touchstone from September 2124, 2018. In this workshop, we will create molds to be used in combination with wheel thrown and handbuilt forms made out of clay. By using press molds made of wood and plaster, the wheel will then be used as a tool to assemble the pieces. We will explore a variety of utilitarian forms, from cups to vases, and discuss how to use carving and inlay as surface decoration to make each piece unique to the maker. This workshop is suitable for All Levels.

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Mission Statement: Touchstone Center for Crafts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression.

Touchstone Center for Crafts condemns all acts of racism, discrimination, and senseless violence. We firmly believe that everyone has a right to dignity, respect, and equality without fear.  As an organization, we commit to listen and learn and to grow. We will continue to work to empower people to use art as a means of expression, a way to build community, and a powerful voice for change.

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