Mark Mustful has been a potter for over 35 years, working out of his home studios and warehouse studios in Minneapolis. He has sold his work throughout Minnesota in stores, galleries and at art festivals. He moved to Ortonville two years ago to be closer to the land and work with wood firings in small self-made kilns. He uses many native clays he finds to accent the color of his pots. One of his favorites comes from the Whetstone River and gives off a wonderful orange hue. The pots are often burnished with small, smooth stones and then fired in steel barrels or in an open pit dug in the ground. He is working on building a small wood-burning kiln that is buried under a layer of earth. Many pots are Raku fired, meaning they are taken from the kiln at over 1800 degrees f. with steel tongs and then put into leaves and sawdust to bring out the metal in his glazes.
His new work is quite different from previous designs. It is bold in texture and incorporates sculpture and carvings into the clay. Many pieces take a week to complete.
His studio is located next to the Minnesota River on the edge of Ortonville by the new bike trail bridge. You are welcome to visit if you are interested in his process, but please contact him in advance.
182 Mill Road
Ortonville, MN 56278