MarkChuck

MARK CHUCK CERAMIC FISH SCULPTOR for more info.visit www.markchuck.com

Kingsley, Pennsylvania · 198 Sales

MarkChuck

MARK CHUCK CERAMIC FISH SCULPTOR for more info.visit www.markchuck.com

Kingsley, Pennsylvania 198 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   Welcome to my shop and thank you for visiting Mark Chuck Ceramics. I first would like to say that I love bringing fish to the table in an elegant, fun, and most unusual way. Either as cups, teapots,saucers, plates, or vessels. My work is ORIGINAL and is made only by me. Each piece takes countless amount of time from start to finish and it all happens in my Northeastern Pennsylvania Studio.

Each piece is made individualy from a fine Grolleg Porcelain. And some of the glazes are accurately weighed and mixed by me. My pieces take countless hours to create. Each piece is a reflection of my passions, my soul, and my spirit.

ARTIST STATEMENT :
My great passions in nature are water, color, fire and clay.  I find excitement and joy in each of them individually, but find a deeper satisfaction when I can merge them in my porcelain creations.  My current body of work reflects my love for the wild spaces and the colors and forms in nature. My artistic efforts, captures the magnificence and subtleties of all of these elements.

A unique characteristic of clay is its ability to preserve the finest details of surface impressions.  I create a plaster moulds that capture the essence, and nature of elements and reflect the surface textures of things I find in nature.  The plasters retain the delicate and subtle texture of each features of my subject.  I use these mould to imprint the captured elements that emulate the essence of my subject in the clay body. 
The resulting impressed clay must be handled with care and patience.  I cannot touch the exterior of the piece while creating the object, as even the lightest touch could diminish the subtleties of each texture. 
I must be meticulous about every detail of the surface image regarding form, texture and color. 
The colors chosen are derived from a super sensitive examination of surface and careful selection and blending of glaze to insure a harmonious surface. I want my finished product to capture the color, variety, essential subtleties found in nature.  With each work, I strive to evoke the individuality and uniqueness of the original subject, while still imparting the intellectual and tactile reality of my creative efforts.
 Each piece is a reflection of my passions, my vision, and my spirit.  

*No trout were harmed in creating of my art, trout are our friends*
The colors and shapes reflect those of the fish I catch and release.


Chinese /Japanese Tea Ceremony History :
Tea cup without a handle is a good device to test the
temperature of the tea.
If it is too hot for me to hold the cup, that means the
tea is too hot for my lips. If I can hold the cup and
feel warm and comfortable, that means the tea is ready for
me to drink. Drinking tea this way was meant to warm the hands as well as the soul.

Find more at www.markchuck.com

Announcement

Last updated on Mar 28, 2016

Welcome to my shop and thank you for visiting Mark Chuck Ceramics. I first would like to say that I love bringing fish to the table in an elegant, fun, and most unusual way. Either as cups, teapots,saucers, plates, or vessels. My work is ORIGINAL and is made only by me. Each piece takes countless amount of time from start to finish and it all happens in my Northeastern Pennsylvania Studio.

Each piece is made individualy from a fine Grolleg Porcelain. And some of the glazes are accurately weighed and mixed by me. My pieces take countless hours to create. Each piece is a reflection of my passions, my soul, and my spirit.

ARTIST STATEMENT :
My great passions in nature are water, color, fire and clay.  I find excitement and joy in each of them individually, but find a deeper satisfaction when I can merge them in my porcelain creations.  My current body of work reflects my love for the wild spaces and the colors and forms in nature. My artistic efforts, captures the magnificence and subtleties of all of these elements.

A unique characteristic of clay is its ability to preserve the finest details of surface impressions.  I create a plaster moulds that capture the essence, and nature of elements and reflect the surface textures of things I find in nature.  The plasters retain the delicate and subtle texture of each features of my subject.  I use these mould to imprint the captured elements that emulate the essence of my subject in the clay body. 
The resulting impressed clay must be handled with care and patience.  I cannot touch the exterior of the piece while creating the object, as even the lightest touch could diminish the subtleties of each texture. 
I must be meticulous about every detail of the surface image regarding form, texture and color. 
The colors chosen are derived from a super sensitive examination of surface and careful selection and blending of glaze to insure a harmonious surface. I want my finished product to capture the color, variety, essential subtleties found in nature.  With each work, I strive to evoke the individuality and uniqueness of the original subject, while still imparting the intellectual and tactile reality of my creative efforts.
 Each piece is a reflection of my passions, my vision, and my spirit.  

*No trout were harmed in creating of my art, trout are our friends*
The colors and shapes reflect those of the fish I catch and release.


Chinese /Japanese Tea Ceremony History :
Tea cup without a handle is a good device to test the
temperature of the tea.
If it is too hot for me to hold the cup, that means the
tea is too hot for my lips. If I can hold the cup and
feel warm and comfortable, that means the tea is ready for
me to drink. Drinking tea this way was meant to warm the hands as well as the soul.

Find more at www.markchuck.com

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Inspiration

I love bringing the fish to the table in a most unusual way. Either as cups, teapots, plates, or vases, making fish fans out of who have never given the creature much thought --but who will never again ignore the passing flicker in the stream.

"Please keep in mind that all monitors display color and tonal qualities differently. All images are photographed by me and are close as possible to the real thing , but I must say that your truly have to see the work in person. The photographs are uploaded and are exact color on an Apple product"

Each and every piece goes through a lengthy process. After creating a piece my work must go through a lengthy drying process. Usually 2 to 3 weeks or maybe longer depending on the size and the number of joined slabs. I never push the drying time because that process will show up in the end results as warping, cracking, and a loss of a piece. After drying comes its first firing (Bisque Firing (1850° degrees F) to harden the piece but still porous for glazing and to get rid of any organic material left in the clay. Each piece takes hours to glaze by hand and is then ready for its last firing to cone 10 (2350° F). Kiln firings is a 3 day process from firing to a 2 day cool down to prevent thermal shock. After each piece is meticulously inspected the bottoms are then wet sanded with a diamond wheel for ultra smoothness to the bottom of the piece so it does not scratch any surface it comes in contact with.

My work marries an outdoorsman's appreciation for the colors, textures, and shapes of common sport fish- notably the brown trout / brook trout with a porcelains master's ability to meticulously capture those details in sculptural objects that are elegant and humorous by turns. My work is more about the surface of the fish than the shape of the fish capturing the essence of what a fish actually is.

Find more at markchuck.com

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    With each work, I strive to evoke the unique essence of the original subject, marrying nature with the intellectual and tactile reality of my creative efforts. Each piece is a reflection of my passions, vision and spirit.

Shop policies

Last updated on August 11, 2015
Hello and Welcome to the home of Mark Chuck. I try to make each customer comfortable with their purchase and only photograph each piece of work accurately. If at any time a problem may occur please contact me and I will make it right.

All of my items are handmade and one of a kind. Each cup is made from porcelain. And some of the glazes are accurately weighed and mixed by me. My pieces take countless hours to create. Especially to glaze and hand paint every single little dot. On average it takes me three days of glazing before I can think of loading and firing a kiln. Sometimes I even fire a piece three or four times before I am delighted with the results. The pieces that I dislike are discarded and I just say " its the one that got away". With the immense chance of cracking and warping my cups are meticulously attached and dried for weeks. Slow drying will prevent my pieces from stressing and cause them not to twist , crack, and warp in the kiln. I fire all my ware to a cone 10- 2400 degrees fahrenheit in a natural gas kiln. Making my clay body translucent.

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Payment
Paypal is the easiest for me and the quickest for you. I can get your item or items to the post office and out to you 2 to 3 days it was purchased. But I usually will ship it the next day. I can also take money orders or checks but would have to wait for them to clear before any shipping takes place. Thank you.
Shipping
I ship United States Postal Service. Larger items such as the sculptures would be crated and shipped UPS. I do put insurance on my pieces and if the shipping cost goes over I will pay for it out of my pocket. Just so my costumers do not get ridiculous prices on shipping costs. I do package them very well and only take insurance out for lost and if an item gets broken, (international shipping excluded) Plus with insurance that is printed on the package and the deliverers would be a bit more careful . Fragile items will be boxed with packing peanuts to surround the item making it snug. A handling fee is also included in the price of the shipping to help pay for the 3m tape, bubble wrap, and packing peanuts.
*If anyone would like to make a international purchase. Please convo me with your name, address , and as well as the piece and I will weigh it and get the exact cost for shipping.
*Any piece that was unclaimed , purchaser is responsible for the piece to be shipped back to the owner. If at any time the customer who does not want it returned will be charged a "holding fee" that will be refunded only half the price of the piece. Shipping is not refunded.

*Not responsible for returned items 1 month after the initial sale.

Please be sure when you order an item to be in the location it has been sent. The longer the package is in the process of shipping back and forth the more of a chance the item is to be loss or broken. If the package is returned back to me the shipping will be charged to the customer for the item to be shipped back.
Refunds and Exchanges
Because of the material that was used (clay). Accidents sometimes do happen. Its inevitable. Even though I package them securely you will not have any trouble from me to make things right. If it is broken I will replace or give a refund back to you (minus shipping). Just send me a picture of its broken piece and I will start the claim. Each party must be in contact with each other throughout the process. I either will send you a new piece or give you a refund after the claim has been completed and cleared with the post office.
If you are not pleased with any item I will accept it back within 1 weeks and in sellable condition and I will refund your purchase price minus the shipping. Shipping and insurance at the costumers expense.
Additional policies and FAQs
Even though my work is functional, handmade teapots can never be put directly on the stove. You must warm up the vessel's with hot tap water before putting in boiling hot water from additional source. If this process is not completed the piece may crack. I test and use the teapots regularly and have had no accidents or cracking. All teapots are tested thoroughly. My work is handmade and original and deserves extra care in washing, even though the work is microwaveble. Hand washing is recommended for perfect condition and long lasting. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. Thank you.

CONDITIONS OF USE
When you purchase anything from Mark Chuck you agree to hold Mark Chuck harmless from any loss, damage or injury due to any products purchased from us. Our maximum liability to you is the amount you paid for the item(s) purchased.

Note: I reserve the right to update these policies at any time.
Purchasing a piece from Mark Chuck does not mean reproduction rights. All rights and commercial advertising reserved to the artist.