Sorrento Stoneware

Mark Hemmingson makes contemporary, user-friendly pottery. His line of stoneware includes dinnerware, bowls, kitchen accessories, and lots of mugs.

Mark creates in a spirit of tradition and experimentation. Each year he grows and evolve as artists, and so does our work. When you come to his sales you’ll find things he always makes, as well as original items he may never make again. It is this light of stability and creativity that guides him as he explores this incredible art form.

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Pottery began later in life for me. I graduated from UBC in 1989 with a major in Creative Writing, and a minor in Anthropology. I spent nine years in the social services including community work and employment counselling in the Vancouver area.

In 1995 I started a stained glass company called, Red Herring Art Glass. For the next ten years I created windows for homes in the lower mainland, and for pubs across Canada and the US.

“I discovered clay in 2004 when we moved to Sorrento.”

In the beginning I was going to work in glass and help Sheryl get her studio started. But, it didn’t take long to see how much there was to do to turn our two car garage into a proper studio. Soon I found myself building shelves, fixing kilns, mixing glazes, making tools, rolling out slabs of clay, and eventually sitting down at the potter’s wheel.

I started with small bowls, and gradually worked my way through the various shapes and sizes. As I took on new shapes I began to appreciate the variety of objects that can come from a simple ball of clay.

One thing I like about clay is that it can easily be re-used if the pot doesn’t turn out. There is a great freedom in knowing that mistakes are part of how I learn. On a new item I might throw half my pots into the recycle bin as I learn to create the form. I think of the first ones as sketches that allow me to see the dimensions I’m aiming for. I also enjoy making the same shape over and over. To some this may seem tedious, but I like working on one thing for a day or two, getting to know it better as I go. There may be forty or more items when I’m done, but, to me, I’ve been creating and refining the same piece all along.

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Salmon Bowl by Sorrento Stoneware