In recent years, Mark has been spending a bit less time in the studio and a bit more sitting in front of a computer, reading, visiting archives, and interviewing. His book on the potter Karen Karnes, A Chosen Path, came out in September 2010 from the University of North Carolina Press.
Glenn Adamson, of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, writes of the book: “There are too few books that treat pottery as seriously as other art forms; too few that pay sufficient tribute to the achievements of women artists; and too few that situate great art within a rich biographical context. This finely textured book does all three, providing in-depth analysis not only of Karnes’s pots and sculpture, but also of the life of the fascinating person who made them.”
Mark’s work on this book grew out of his interest in thinking about the lives of fellow contemporary artists. To that end, he has conducted a number of interviews for the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art.
* from the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution