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My name is Mark Brower and I’ve been creating pottery since the late 1970’s. As a kid growing up in Missouri, I was exposed to many of the crafts made in the Ozarks including pottery and woodcarving. Those initial experiences absolutely fascinated me and left me with a burning desire to create the same kind of art. Finally, I got a chance to work with clay in high school, on a kick wheel no less, and work with a teacher who could get me started on my way. I still have some of those clunky attempts and though embarrassing as they are they serve to remind me of my progress.

I met my wife Leigh while attending Parsons School of Design in New York City during the 1980’s. We pursued careers in graphic design before returning to pottery and what we call folk art in general. We created Roundroof Designs to showcase our collective passions for creating both unique functional pottery…

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  • Born on October 10
  • Joined December 7, 2009

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Clay, Paper pulp, Wood

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About

My name is Mark Brower and I’ve been creating pottery since the late 1970’s. As a kid growing up in Missouri, I was exposed to many of the crafts made in the Ozarks including pottery and woodcarving. Those initial experiences absolutely fascinated me and left me with a burning desire to create the same kind of art. Finally, I got a chance to work with clay in high school, on a kick wheel no less, and work with a teacher who could get me started on my way. I still have some of those clunky attempts and though embarrassing as they are they serve to remind me of my progress.

I met my wife Leigh while attending Parsons School of Design in New York City during the 1980’s. We pursued careers in graphic design before returning to pottery and what we call folk art in general. We created Roundroof Designs to showcase our collective passions for creating both unique functional pottery and folk art figures that ordinarily are only available at the craft shows we attend.

All of our pots are made of stoneware and are designed to function both indoors and out. The glazes we use are food, oven and microwave safe. Like all things handmade, these pots, though sometimes similar in theme, evolve as they are made and reflect a lively encounter with the medium.

Our folk art figures are molded from hand carved originals with recycled paper. Though they are duplicates, the process is decidedly low tech and no two are exactly alike. We make each one as unique as possible in the final painting and decorating.

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