Mark has been a professional woodturner for more than 28 years.
Throughout his career he has sourced all his own timber and so in most cases knows where and why a tree was felled. This has led to his specialising in the use of green/unseasoned wood and a greater understanding of the medium.
Mark has exhibited at prominent galleries in Britain and abroad; as a result he has important pieces included in private collections all over the world. In 1998 he was commissioned by the Foreign Office to produce work for visiting foreign dignities attending the Cardiff EU Summit. In 2003 Mark was invited to participate in an eight week residency in Philadelphia, the International Turning Exchange, working with others selected from the international community to focus on advanced technical innovations, aesthetics and techniques. He has also visited New Zealand where he took part in an Artists Collaboration as a resource artist and has been to similar events in Canada and Ireland.
In a desire to bring life and movement to the bowl/vessel form Mark has explored a range of turning techniques. Experimentation with exaggerated rims, reduction of the bowl wall to a thickness that light can be seen through it, rocking forms, ebonising, colouring and cutting away, at times his embellishment can result in the material becoming almost unrecognisable, either through form or colour – until it is handled. The wood is the always the starting point that inspires the creative process but always the emphasis is on the form and function of the finished piece.
He is in demand both as a demonstrator and a tutor. He has demonstrated his skills throughout Britain, as well as in Europe and the USA. He was one of the main presenters in 2015 and 2001 at the Great Britain International Woodturning Seminar along side other turners from around the world.
Through a request in 2008 to create and start running woodturning courses at Warwickshire College as a part time tutor Mark gained a teaching certificate (PTLLS). This has given him a greater insight into his role as a tutor and understanding of the expectations of students be they beginner, hobbyist or professional turners. He is now also a Short Course Tutor at West Dean College and the Woodturning Tutor at the Peter Sefton Furniture School. He has also taught courses in Norway, Germany and France. From his own workshop near Pershore courses are tailored to suit the individual’s requirements. More details of the courses he runs can be found on his web site.