Once upon a time at a clay center in the Rockies two potters named Mark and Kelly fell in love. Inspired by the wildlife and animals of the American West, Mark and Kelly collaborate on art ranging from ceramics, prints, drawings, and whatever strikes their fancy. They love juxtaposing colorful wallpaper patterns with original drawings of animals to create whimsical artwork that brings people joy.
Mark and Kelly began their collaboration making pottery in collaboration shortly after their wedding. They have expanded their creative collaboration into making art prints, screen-printed goods, and fun items for the home. They are passionate about living with handmade objects and celebrating wildlife. Often they can be spotted wearing homemade costumes or exploring the great outdoors in their homemade teardrop trailer named Betty.
Mark learned to be maker from his parents growing up in Alaska. From building furniture to raising chickens, his parents live a handmade life. Under this maker culture, he become interested in ceramics arts and chose to pursue that path at Montana State University.
Kelly lived in every time zone in the continental US by the age of 10 and has lived in 14 different houses. She developed a strong sense of home though the objects held inside of a house and is passionate about the power of handmade objects to display a home’s identity. Kelly received her Masters in Fine Arts in Ceramics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.