23.875 x 2.625 x 2.625 in.
Gift of the artist
Mark Prieto made this nearly two-foot tall work to fire in a friend’s new anagama kiln in Nevada. Though Prieto was not making work like this in 2014, he created a series for that firing with the idea that it would take up less floor space. Prieto made a clay extruder which formed the body, or bottom two thirds of the piece. Then he threw a ‘neck’ and altered (carved) it to attach as the top third of the finished work.
Mark is the son of Antonio “Tony” and Eunice Prieto—well-known and respected mid-century San Francisco Bay Area ceramists who taught at Mills College, Oakland, CA (see 1950s and 1960s Tony and Eunice’s work). Mark was raised with his three brothers in the Faculty Village housing on Mills campus. He is a life-long clay artist who sat on his mother’s lap at her wheel and watched his father throw for endless hours. As a teen, he helped his dad load kilns, recycle clay and generally help around a small Oakland house his dad used as a studio.
In 1968, Mark began his formal training at California College of Arts and Crafts with Viola Frey, making sure his wheel was next to hers. (See Frey’s 1950s Cookie Jar, and Bowl; 1966 Planter, and large Doris figure.) Prieto’s parents were best friends and colleagues with Nora Eccles Treadwell and her husband Walt. In 1970, with Nora’s financial assistance, Mark attended the Rhode Island School of Design where he studied ceramics with Wayne Higby (see Higby’s 1970s Untitled Bowl), receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics in 1972. He also studied at the Greenwich House Pottery and the Art Students League in New York City. Prieto has taught at locations in Oakland, California and Portland, Oregon. He continues to work as a studio potter making both sculptural and functional pieces.
Billie Sessions, PhD.
Click an image to view a larger version
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
Also found in
Click a portfolio name to view all the objects in that portfolio
This object is a member of the following portfolios: