If you are not familiar with this signature stamp – then I hope you will get to know it well. This is Mark Fitzgerald Pottery and he is one of my favorite potters. His work is absolutely beautiful. He throws his work using stoneware and then fires his pieces in a huge, high fire gas kiln using an ash glazing technique. Mark and his wife, Huynh Mai, work together as a team to create their pottery. Their studio and shop is located in South Central Pennsylvania. Mark learned his craft while studying for four years at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, New York. He studied under Henry Okamoto, a Japanese-American master potter. Though Mark and Huynh Mai share both tasks of throwing and glazing, it is Mark that mainly does the throwing and his wife does the majority of the hand building and glazing. They create everything from kitchen ware and bakeware to lamps, vases and other decorative pieces.
They create everything from kitchen ware and bakeware to lamps, vases and other decorative pieces. He and his wife are truly master potters – perfecting their glaze technique and beautiful symmetry in throwing and hand building. If I have this information correct, they have been in business together for about 30 years and are still growing and advancing. It is so hard to take your eyes off their work, it is truly stunning. I learned about Fitzgerald Pottery while I was working at the Annapolis Pottery in historic downtown Annapolis, Maryland. Fitzgerald Pottery was just one of the many potters sold in the store, but one of my favorites. I own a few pieces and just love them. Each piece is clearly made with mastery skills. I love that their work is functional and also very beautiful, so you can showcase their pieces in your home! I am privileged to own a covered casserole dish, soup tureen with hand-crafted ladle, and a canister set (that currently sits on my kitchen counter).