MARK HOYLE - Porcelain Sculpture
I was brought up on farm. I’ve always credited this for my love and understanding of anything to do with engineering and nature. I first remember making something in clay in Grammar school. Two things stick in my mind, the ubiquitous ashtray and a bust which coincidentally turned out to look vaguely like our history teacher, Mr Leach! The ashtray was a credit to my construction techniques getting a huge amount of use for the next fifty years from my mother, only becoming obsolete earlier last year on her death, ironically from lung cancer! The bust made me a legend in my own lunchtime as school friends couldn’t believe I had the audacity to try to caricature a revered teacher.
Roll on fifty years and you find me, my wife and daughter living and loving life in New Zealand having not touched clay for any of that time due to a varied career. The year before last, my daughter started getting pottery lessons in Auckland, where she lives, and persuaded me do the same as I have always wanted to do something in ceramics. I discovered Marlborough potters and even better a local splinter group, Powerhouse pottery here in Picton, which had just started up so I started going along in October 2020.
Immediately I loved what I was doing, hand building everything and anything I could think of.
Sara Scott, who is the motivation behind Powerhouse pottery quickly became a mentor helping and encouraging me. She persuaded me to enter my first pieces in the Marlborough potters association exhibition and unbelievable I won two awards, one for best first time exhibitor and secondly, the people’s choice award for my piece “Curiosity”. Since then I really haven’t stopped thinking about, designing and constructing in ceramics. I have so many ideas to fulfil, there aren’t enough hours in the day.
I take chances in constructing things that occasionally do work and feel that because I am so new to clay, I’m not restricted by traditional methods. I have a very weird sense of humour, which I think comes through in my work. I love stand up comedy and I think that a lot of my work and ideas for up coming pieces could be described as “One liners”.
I hope my work reflects my fascination for nature, both above and below the waves, along with my appreciation of engineering.