I bring fish to the table in a most unusual way, whether as a plate, goblet, or tea pot, making fish fans out of those of who have never really given the creature much thought, but who will never again ignore that passing flicker in the stream.
I am and have been an avid fisherman. In translating my love of fishing and nature into clay (my preferred medium), I find an immense sense of satisfaction and challenge. My current body of work explores the unique characteristics of clay, one of which is the ways that clay can take on the impression of different materials. Using the plaster mold I make from fish that I catch as a tool (like a potters wheel) the fish is free to take on as many shapes I desire . I manipulate the piece by pressing, pulling and playing with the shape; being careful not to disturb the outer texture of the fish skin. The imagery and colors of my work is more about the surface of the fish then the shape of the fish capturing the essence of what a fish actually is . Every fish sculpture I create is individually hand-built and one-of-a-kind.
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Mark Chuck received his Bachelor of Visual Arts degree from Keystone College with a concentration in ceramic sculpture. While at Keystone his hard work and talent earned him the Scotty Neuroth Memorial Award from the Division of Fine Arts, the Katherine O’Dea Van Deusen Scholarship for the Arts, and was the first student recipient of the F. Lammont Belin Arts Scholarship – a prestigious honor awarded in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Since then, Mark has exhibited his work regionally at Keystone College in La Plume, the Artists for Art Gallery and The Laura Craig Gallery in Scranton, Harrisburg Museum, Hanson Gallery in Honesdale and the Lizza Studio Gallery in Tunkhannock. Nationally he has exhibited his work at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, NY , Kent State University in Ohio , Workhouse Art Center in Lorton, Virginia, LUX Center for the Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska, and at KC Clay Guild Kansas City , Missouri. Mark was proud to be included in the 'Lark Books - 500 Teapots Volume II , and February 2013 Ceramics Monthly. Rencently Mark has become a 2014 NICHE Award Finalist.