Meet the Artist: Mark Chatterley
Meet The Artist: Mark Chatterley
featured in River Gallery's November-December 2021 exhibit
Tell us a bit about the process.
The pieces are hand built using slabs of clay. They are fired twice, both bisque and glaze. The glazes are my own, looking for a look that was buried in the ground.
What does creativity mean to you and what fuels it in your life and work?
Looking at the world around me, nature, people, inner self. Also distilling the information down into a personal visual language.
Tell us about a time where you felt discouraged or full of self-doubt and how you moved past it.
When bills need to be paid, nothing is selling. Or I get rejected from shows. This is discouraging. I have to remind myself that I am making work for me first and everyone else is just secondary.
What drew you to work in your medium and what continues to bring you back and sustain your ambition?
Clay is a self attaching material, you can make anything you want with it. I like the physical and the alchemical parts of the material. Leaving nothing to chance by making kiln gods for the glaze firing.
Describe to us the feeling of being in your “flow” as an artist.
It’s when I am working on a piece and it will lead to the next piece. Where time and the world disappear.
What is the best piece of advice you were given early on in your career as an artist?
I was told to clean offices for a living. The best advice was to reject that one.
What are you passionate about outside of creating art? How does that passion influence your drive to create?
I like reading books about physics and fantasy. Both subjects open up worlds to imagined realities that I can use in my work.