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WHAT is The Marks Project?

The Dictionary of American Studio Ceramic Makers and Their Marks, an on line searchable database, will document the marks of makers working in America from 1946 to the present.

WHY is It Important to Me?

One of the most important ways to accurately identify a ceramic object is through the maker’s mark or signature. The passing of time will make this more difficult as the makers and those close to the makers pass on. This research tool will make it possible for both current and future art historians, curators, gallerists, appraisers and collectors to give clear and accurate attribution to American studio ceramic objects.

HOW Can I be Listed?

To be included, a maker must be actively working with clay as a functional potter, figurative or conceptual/sculptural maker. We will contact you to complete a simple online questionnaire and provide images of your mark(s) and typical pieces bearing each mark. There is no fee for being listed.

Select the questionnaire button and submit the form or send your name and email address to info@themarksproject.org.

WHEN will the website launch?

We are currently collecting submissions. The website, www.themarksproject.org, will launch early in 2015.

WHERE Can I Get More Information?

Updates on our progress can be followed at http://www.facebook.com/themarksproject or contact us at info@themarksproject.org.

WHO are we?

The Marks Project, Inc. is a Connecticut corporation. The Founder and Executive Director is Martha Vida and the Project Manager is Donald Clark.

HOW Can I Help The Marks Project?

The Marks Project is a service to the ceramic arts community of North America. Our greatest challenge will be finding information, images of work, and marks of both 20th and 21st-century makers who have died or are no longer working as well as regional ceramic makers who made a living with their works, were known locally, but did not have a national following. We need your help in identifying reliable information on these makers. If you can be of assistance, please contact: donaldclark@themarksproject.org.