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Markus Urbanik (aka Mark Urbanik)

American, b. 1975

Pitcher
2004

Porcelain
9.5 x 6.25 x 5.6 in.
Gift of the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation
2006.39

Markus Urbanik’s exhibition at Utah State University, as the capstone of his MFA degree, was titled “A Sense of Proportion.” The question for Urbanik was: what made some forms more attractive than others? The exhibition consisted of high-fire porcelain with a number of forms similar to Pitcher, all with celadon glazes, which varied from dark green to aqua blue, to light sea-foam green. The intricately carved vines on this piece, copied from Korean tombs, were cut into the leather-hard clay to accentuate the bulbous form.

Urbanik was raised in Wyoming, about three hours northeast of Logan, Utah. He attended Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyoming, prior to receiving his BFA in 2001 from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. He completed his MFA with John Neely in 2004. For two years Urbanik was facilities director at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine, and then ceramics instructor at Central Wyoming College in Riverton. In 2010, he was facilities and programming coordinator for Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana. Throughout his varied employment he taught many ceramics classes and conducted workshops in kiln construction.

Billie Sessions, PhD.


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