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IN FOCUS: Mark Burns Cassell: Potter

Date: Saturday 22 Feb 2014

Location: The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery

Time: 11:00 - 12:00

Cost: Free Event

Part of our new Saturday talk series, join potter Mark Burns Cassell as he discusses his working practice.

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Mark Burns Cassell makes wheel-thrown domestic stoneware from his studio up in Sunderland where he has recently founded MBC Ceramics. His aim, he says, "is to put quality craftsmanship on the dinner table and into the sink. To create affordable, durable, and honest stuff. Practical art, you might say." Beautiful, practical art we say.

When he's not in his studio, Mark spends much of his time sharing his enthusiasm for clay with others; running workshops and classes across the North East. Many of our regular visitors will know him from the Burton Saturday sessions that he has led here at the gallery.

Mark has not always been a potter though and his journey into this career, one that he is so obviously hugely passsionate about, is an interesting and heartwarming one.

Join us in the gallery to learn more about how Mark became a full time potter and what exactly this work entails what he is influenced by and where he sees his work progressing.


This is a free event. No Booking necessary. Just drop in.

If you would like to attend Mark Burns Cassell's practical glazing workshop later in the day (1.30 - 4pm) please visit our event booking pages to sign up for a place.

Glazing processes with potter Mark Burns Cassell

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Date: Saturday 22 Feb 2014

Location: The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery

Time: 13:30 - 16:00

Cost: Free Event

A special one off workshop from potter and gallery favourite Mark Burns Cassell.

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Join Mark Burns Cassell for this one off session to explore the techniques behind applying glaze to stoneware.

Not as easy as it looks, an on-line search reveals many options for application methods, each and every one undeniably beautiful. Learn from the professional as he offers up tips and techniques for creating the perfect paint-on finish.

One clay tile will be provided to each participant. Extra tiles and unglazed mugs will be also available to purchase and decorate.

All work will be fired and returned to the gallery for collection.

Free workshop, but places are limited so please book in advance:


(0113) 343 2778

Places are also available through out free online booking system: http://www.mbc-glazing.eventbrite.co.uk

Find out more about Mark Burns Cassell and his work from the man himself in our Saturday morning talk. 11am-12pm at The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery. Saturday 22nd Feburary 2014.