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Henry Pope, Mary Mikkelsen, Mikpo Pottery

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EDUCATION

1968 Al Johnsen, Big Creek Pottery School, Santa Cruz, California

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1970s Potter, Clay Artist, Mikpo Pottery, Mars Hill, North Carolina

 

Henry Pope makes functional pottery including bowls, teapots, dinnerware, and pitchers. Mary Mikkelsen and Henry Pope work together to create Mikpo Pottery.

Henry Pope and Mikkelsen work independently, but by the end of the process most pieces become a mutual effort.  Mary is responsible for brushwork on thrown and hand built work while Henry is involved in the composition and layout of imagery on most pieces.

Mikpo pottery has had studios in Santa Cruz, California, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Charlottesville, Virginia, and Asheville North Carolina. In Charlottesville (1979-1998) where they used several clays but mainly porcelain and a dark stoneware gas fired to cone 9. Once in Asheville, North Carolina they changed their firing process to cone 6 oxidations in an electric kiln. When Mikpo pottery switched firing processes, they also switched their glazes and glaze application technique to one glaze over another in irregular patterns to give variation and movement to the surface.

 

Website(s):

www.mrymikpo.blogspot.com

Artist's Studio: Mikpo Pottery

 

 

 

Center for Craft This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund Grant from the Center For Craft
   
AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art American Museum of Ceramic Art

 

Typical Marks
2006
Bowl
Date: 2006
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy worthpoint.com
Courtesy worthpoint.com
Pie Plate
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Teapot
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified May 15, 2019. http://themarksproject.org:443/marks/pope