by Evan Hatch
NC Folk wanted to spread the word. Pittsboro potter Mark Hewitt has been
awarded a United States Artists Fellowship. The award comes with a $50,000
unrestricted prize allowing Hewitt to make needed repairs to his farm.
Check out the article in the Raleigh N&O:
Of course Mr. Hewitt is no stranger to many North Carolinians, especially
those with a fondness for stoneware. He is well known as an educator,
author, speaker and working link between two distinct but related pottery
traditions. Hewitt has been honored with a one-man show at the Nasher
Museum at Duke University, and as the subject for a cover story for
American Craft magazine.
While Hewitt’s pots have created quite a following, his personality has
endeared him to many more. He is humble about his work and is very
supportive of other potters in the state. Hewitt is known for his work
ethic, his exacting standards, and attention to detail. He also boasts a
long line of potters he took under his wing. And while Hewitt enjoys the
spotlight cast on him, he seems most comfortable teaching through example,
fitting seamlessly into an American folk tradition. Congratulations, Mr.
You can learn more about Mark Hewitt at his website: hewittpottery.com
Also of particular interest is a short lyrical essay by folklorist Henry